Detroit Police To Wear Body-Mounted Cameras To Increase Transparency

DETROIT (WWJ) – Looking to improve what he calls the integrity of the department, Detroit Police Chief James Craig on Wednesday announced a new pilot program that will utilize body-worn cameras by select officers.

Already at use in cities including Dallas and New Orleans, the body-mounted cameras will be worn by 20 Detroit police in the city’s second precinct beginning next week.

No bigger than a lipstick tube, the cameras are meant to record an officer’s-eye view at all times.

The technology will not only allow officers to accurately document critical information, crime scene evidence and police-citizen interaction, Craig said, also promote more confidence within the community.

“There’ll  be a 30-day study, and following that we’ll conduct an evaluation, conduct an additional 30 days, and come up with a final report that will make a decision,” said Craig. “A lot of the decision certainly will do with cost. But, again it’s our effort to enhance transparency.”

A representative of the Arizona-based company that produces the Taser Axon Flex Body-Worn Camera and Taser Body System Camera said independent studies have shown a 60 percent reduction in the use of force and an 88 percent reduction in false claims against police departments that use the product.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Detroit

Best 4th Of July Concerts In Metro DetroitStaying home this weekend? Celebrate the 4th of July by rocking out at one of these shows.
Hump Day Drinks: 8 Cheery Cocktail RecipesNow that you've made it through half the work week, it's time to celebrate!

Watch & Listen