CLEVELAND, Ohio — City officials Wednesday were being briefed on the use of 1,500 body cameras recently purchased for officers in the Cleveland Police Department.
The department is in the process of deploying the cameras to officers assigned to basic patrol, according to a release from the department. Deployment will begin in the Fourth District and continue over the next few months.
The cameras are located on the officer’s ballistic vest or outer garment. They will be utilized during assignments and citizen interactions.
According to the release, the cameras will record activity and provide documentation of police/citizen encounters and help with reporting, evidence collection and court testimony.
Officers will activate the cameras and record police activity during situations such as pedestrian and vehicle investigative stops, pursuits and emergency driving situations, crime and scene accidents.
Cameras will not be used during entry into non-crime scenes, areas of expected privacy like restrooms and dressing rooms, or to record conversations not related to a police report or investigation.
Officers have begun training in the operation of the cameras. After training, they will begin using the cameras during their daily duties.