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LMPD, Jeffersontown Police prepare to equip officers with body cameras

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Chief Rick Sanders shows the body cameras Jeffersontown Police will begin wearing soon. Chief Rick Sanders shows the body cameras Jeffersontown Police will begin wearing soon.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- From traffic stops to domestic violence runs, it will all be captured on camera soon. Two local police departments are in the process of putting body cameras on officers.

There are already several Kentuckiana police agencies using body cameras and now both LMPD and Jeffersontown Police will be wearing them too.

From the case involving Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, to Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, and even the death of Michael Newby here in Metro Louisville, black men dying at the hands of police has caused nationwide concern.

"I have been a cop a long time and I am troubled by the distrust that I see now -- the friction between the community -- especially the community of color and the police," said Chief Rick Sanders with Jeffersontown Police.

Chief Rick Sanders believes some of the trust will be restored with body cameras.

"I want to see these cameras try to bring us back together again, make us closer, working together to try to solve our nation's problems," Chief Sanders said.

Chief Sanders is also president of the Kentucky Association of Police Chiefs, that's why he was part of a panel discussion at the Louisville Forum on Wednesday.

The panel, called 'Police Body Cameras: Help or Hindrance', discussed the pros and cons of police wearing body cams.

"Privacy advocates worry without some degree of protection, the cameras could create an unprecedented invasion of privacy," said Dale Josey, with The Louisville Forum.

Despite any privacy concerns, Chief Sanders says both Jeffersontown and Metro Police will soon wear body cameras.

"It is going to be turned on anytime there's a police encounter," said Sanders.

"I am very excited that they're getting them here, I have had many, many constituents contact me about it," said District 6 Councilman David James.

Councilman James and Chief Sanders agree the cameras will help police both officers and the public.

"I think it helps us all understand what did or did not transpire in a police interaction," James said.

"Anytime you've got a camera on you, either a police officer or a civilian, you're probably going to act more appropriately because you know you're being watched," Chief Sanders said. 

Chief Sanders said his department will start with 16 cameras and several hundred for Metro Police.

"LMPD, I learned this morning, has just ordered 988 cameras," said Sanders.

Louisville Metro Police will put the first cameras in the fifth division and eventually move them to every division.

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