Some Cincinnati police to begin wearing body cameras


CINCINNATI (AP) — Some Cincinnati police officers will begin wearing body cameras later this summer.

Police chief Eliot Isaac says the original July 1 date for starting roll-out of the new technology was pushed back to August 1 to avoid potential problems some other departments have experienced in implementing the policy too quickly.

Officials say about 700 cameras will be deployed gradually. Police covering Cincinnati’s central business district will be the first to begin wearing the cameras, with another police district added every few weeks.

City officials say officers aren’t required to inform citizens that they are being recorded. Officers will be required to activate the cameras in various emergency situations.

The plan is for videos from the cameras to be retained for 90 days unless they are needed for investigations or prosecutions.

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