CPD body camera program begins August 1

CPD body camera program begins August 1

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Police Department will roll out their Body Worn Camera program one district at a time starting August 1.

The city will approximately have about 700 cameras for patrol officers.

According to the Law and Public Safety Committee, the central business section will get the body cameras first  then District 1, District 2, District 5, District 4 and District 3. The last groups to get cameras will be the traffic unit, the gang enforcement squad and canine handlers.

"I think this is a further example of our commitment to transparency. And I think that's a needed shift in law enforcement as a whole. So, it just furthers our ability to provide the best information possible," said Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Issac.

Per policy, there is a 90-day retention period for all BWC.

"We believe in transparency and body cameras are part of just making sure people know what their government is doing," said Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

Officers do not need to notify citizens that they are being recorded, according to the police department. In addition, Officers are allowed to have their body cameras on inside private homes if they have the legal right, or a warrant to be there, according to the police department.

When they put the cameras in the cars, the dash cams, there was a lot of fear about what that would mean but it has exonerated police officers most of the time. So, I think the body cameras are another part of our commitment to transparency," said Cranley.

The body cameras will be supplied by a company called Taser.

If you want to check out the policy in its entirety, click here.

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