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LMPD set to begin body cam pilot program

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- LMPD officers are getting closer to finally having body cameras, which were expected to be deployed last July. 

However, there was a delay as LMPD decided how to best store the massive amounts of data, the cost of doing so and which cameras to use.

Police say those decisions have now been made.

“We have made a recommendation to our purchasing department about the specific vendor we want to select for that,” said Major Robert Schroeder with Louisville Metro Police.

Although Major Robert Schroeder isn't able to say which camera they've selected, he says they should be starting a pilot program soon in the Fifth division, using 75 body cameras.

“Test it to make sure there's nothing wrong with our procedures, make sure all our equipment works -- that sort of thing. And then we'll roll it to another platoon and another platoon until we have the full division up,” said Major Schroeder.

Councilman David Yates says a special public safety committee meeting on Monday will include a discussion about recent homicides, the use of drones and also body cameras for LMPD officers.

He says it's a topic that comes with a lot of questions.

“When do you turn the cameras on, when do you turn them off. When you're interviewing certain witnesses, if they don't want to be on camera is that okay? The positives are that it's documented,” said District 25 Councilman, David Yates.

Body cameras have reportedly helped to eliminate complaints and lawsuits against other police agencies.

Councilman Yates says, if used properly, the cameras could provide more transparency between police and the community.

His concern is how the data is stored.

“We want to make sure that we have the technology in place that we can assure there's no breaches in that privacy and we can make sure it's properly stored,” said Councilman Yates.

As LMPD moves forward in getting the cameras, they're hoping the pilot program will help.

“It will help us preserve what happened that night at that scene. It will also protect the citizens. It will protect the officers. I think it will be good for everybody involved,” said Major Schroeder.

LMPD believes if there are no major hurdles, the pilot program could possibly begin in the next month. They say at latest, it will be up and running by June.

The public safety committee meeting where council members will discuss this topic will be Monday at 1:00 at City Hall.

Click here to see WDRB's previous report on the delay to get body cameras last August. In October, LMPD started a new search for a company to outfit officers with body cameras. To see that report, click here.

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