Cincinnati Police officers are now field testing wearable clip-on video cameras.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Cincinnati Police Department will begin testing body cameras Monday that will record various interactions with civilians.
About eight District 3 officers will wear the body cameras as part of a 30-day pilot program.
The cameras will give a direct view of the scene as witnessed by the officer, a point of view that currently cannot be seen on traditional dash cam video.
"This is designed to show whatever the officer was reacting to at that moment, that the officer either used force or did something, to kind of capture the entirety of the circumstances, so we can better evaluate what happened," said Sgt. Ryan Smith, part of Cincinnati's Police Departments Inspection Unit.
Officers will record any non-consensual encounter with a citizen while responding to emergency calls, during the entirety of foot or traffic pursuits, traffic stops, searches of persons or vehicles, arrests and transport of arrestees.
Two different types of cameras will be tested. The Taser Axon and the Vievu Manual. They will determine which camera fits the needs of the department best. Both cameras recordings hold video for 90 days.
Officers in training have tried the technology. They reported having no difficulties performing their duties with the camera attached.
Officers will not be required to inform someone they are wearing the camera because CPD says "personal contact between an individual and an officer does not constitute an environment where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy."