During the pliot program, which is set to run from Oct. 26-Dec. 18, 155 officers from three of the city’s police districts (Eastern, Western and Central) will wear the cameras provided by the three vendors. The cameras will be worn on every shift, and footage will be uploaded to a digital storage service.
At the end of the pilot, the city will select a single vendor to run the program. A total of 10 companies submitted bids.
National activists against police brutality have called for police departments to begin outfitting officers with body cameras to improve transparency. Just as President Barack Obama was issuing a similar call last fall, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake vetoed legislation drawn up by the City Council to implement body cameras locally. But she later convened a working group that set the parameters for the pilot.
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