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Jeffersonville Police chief receives body cameras, preps to outfit officers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- New body cameras have arrived in Jeffersonville and officials hope they will protect both police and the public.

It's an extra eye for Jeffersonville police officers. A mobile device that fits in the palm of your hand and has night vision. The tiny technology can even be worn behind buttons.

"They can actually put it on one of their buttons inside of their shirt so the only thing that's visible is that part of the camera," Jeffersonville Police Chief Chris Grimm said.

Sixty DutyVue body cameras arrived last week -- one for each patrol officer -- and they're designed to help officers write better reports.

"Because they can go back and review statements by witnesses, victims, complainants, suspects -- they have that ability," Grimm explained.

Grimm wrote a nine page policy outlining how and when the cameras will be recording. The standard draft still has to be approved by the Fraternal Order of Police.

"Traffic stops... emergency responses, vehicle pursuits, suspicious vehicles, arrests and transports, vehicle searches, consent to search, physical or verbal confrontations or use of force," Grimm listed.

Police would also have discretion to turn the cameras off during sensitive calls with victims or children, but only with supervisor approval.

"They do not have the access rights to edit, delete or modify those videos in any way," Grimm said. "Officers will wear these body cams their entire shift and when they're done, they will take it off and download all the video."

The cameras will be stored with names and badge numbers inside an Evidence Bank ATM -- a digital charging station that downloads the data.

The video and audio will be saved for at least two years.

"If complaints come in we'll pull them and the officer has the right to review the tape and video too when complaints come in and sit down and go through and figure out what happened at those scenes," Grimm said.

Officers will be trained in two weeks and the new cameras will likely hit the streets in March.

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