Nearly 700 St. Louis County Police officers to begin using body cameras

Wednesday was a history-making day when it comes to policing in the area. The St. Louis County Police Department began rolling out full-scale use of body cameras. They are the first large police department in the region to do so.

Nearly 700 St. Louis County Officers are now starting to train with the cameras. They're being phased-in at every one of the county’s eight precincts between now and the end of the year.

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Kristen Jaynes
Council votes for body cameras, although some members question department’s plan

St. Louis County fulfilled one of the key promises of the Proposition P sales tax last week when the County Council unanimously approved body cameras for the St. Louis County Police Department.

“We really went into this because I believe, we believe, the St. Louis County Police Department believes, that we owe a transparency piece to our public,” Belmar said. “I think it’s an opportunity for transparency, I think it’s an opportunity for officer safety, and I think it’s going to answer some questions as we move forward into modern-day policing.”

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Kristen Jaynes
JPD to launch body camera program

The Jasper Police Department will soon implement a full-fledged body camera program.

Beginning in the next few months, every officer in the local entity will be equipped with both body and car cams. JPD Chief Nathan Schmitt said that whenever officers are in contact with the public, “we’re gonna want them to have their cameras rolling.”

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Kristen Jaynes
BodyWorn by Utility Supports South Bend, IN Police

"The South Bend Police Department is a progressive law enforcement agency and a valued partner of Utility. We stand ready to continue to support the fine men and women of the South Bend Police Department in their continued mission of transparency and accountability through policy-based automatic recording while serving their community," stated Ted Davis, CEO & President of Utility, Inc. 

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Kristen Jaynes