Lexington Police take next step to getting body cameras

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Police Department has taken the next step in equipping officers with body cameras by accepting contract proposals from companies to supply the cameras. The proposals will be accepted until February 3, 2016, according to the city. A committee will review the contract proposals and make a recommendation to the Urban County Council. The full council will decide whether to accept the committee’s recommendation.

The Lexington Police Department has been part of a body camera pilot program for nearly two-years. As part of the program, the department tested cameras from several companies. The cameras record everything an officer does while on patrol. When activated, the cameras record video and audio of what the officer sees and hears.

Mayor Jim Gray budgeted $600,000 for body cameras for more than 500 officers. It’s unknown if that will be enough money to outfit all of the officers. There are also questions about retrieval and storage of the audio and video that officers record as well as what could be made public in the event of an open records request from the media or general public.

The city says there isn’t a specific timetable to have all the cameras on the streets, but that it is hoped to have it done sometime this year.

A growing number of police departments across the country are now using body cameras to protect officers, suspects and the public, all in the name of transparency.

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