Jeffersonville Police begin training with new body cameras
"When I started my career in law enforcement, if you had told me I'd be wearing a small camera on my chest I would have told you you're crazy," said Major Joshua Lynch with Jeffersonville Police.
"Officially on May 11th, the cameras will be deployed out on street patrol. From that point, we're going to do 30-45 days where we're gonna test and evaluate the cameras and we're gonna push those to the limit for us within the department," said Chief Kenny Kavanaugh with Jeffersonville Police.
Police Chief, Kenny Kavanaugh says it has been nearly a year long process to get the cameras.
There are two different versions, including a larger body camera and a smaller version.
Officers will clip them on their uniforms and hit "record" when they're responding to a call.
"This will give us the ability to observe what officers are doing and improve our performance and likelihood of going home safe," said Major Lynch.
Police are hoping the cameras lead to more transparency with the public.
So far, Chief Kavanaugh says the reaction has been positive.
"It's going to be able to maintain the integrity of the process and protect all parties to show it's going to be fair treatment. It can be reviewed. It's going to be there," said Chief Kavanaugh.
When the officer hits record, the 15 seconds prior to hitting the button will also be recorded.
About 52 officers will have the cameras and video will be stored locally, rather than a cloud based storage.
Authorities are still deciding how long the video will be kept, and what will be available to the public through open records requests.
With the new cameras, police say they'll also be able to review how police are handling situations to make future improvements.
"It's gonna allow us the ability to challenge ourselves and see where we're operating within the policy, and if we have some deficiencies, some things we need to clean up, and we need to proceed to move forward," said Chief Kavanaugh.
Along with video, officers can use the cameras to take photos, saving them time on the scene.
Officers will be able to review what they record, but won't have the capability to delete it.
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