Detroit Police try out body cameras

On their shoulders and their chests, rest body cameras. This is the perspective of a Detroit Police officer. For the first time, body cameras are hitting the streets of the "D" by the end of the week.

"This is what sets the Detroit Police Department apart from other agencies," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

Demonstrating a few of the donated cameras Wednesday, Detroit Police Chief James Craig and Mayor Mike Duggan, say over a 90-day trial period, nearly two dozen officers will be testing out three different brands of cameras.

"What this is going to do is give us objective evidence of  what occurred," said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

An idea many officers are more than excited about.

"I do believe in it and I think it'll help officers on the street, with officer's safety, officer's use of force," said Detroit Police Officer Kevin Session.

After this trial run, the police department plans to buy more than 400 cameras with money Mayor Duggan says will come from the city's plan of adjustment. Much of the money will go toward video storage, not the cameras.

"If we're gonna do this, it's going to require the full support of the Detroit City Council," said Duggan.

Planning to be one of the first cities to fully implement body cameras, city officials say the cameras will not only save money in the long run, but will show greater transparency to the public and help keep Detroiters and officers safe.

"I've been very vocal about the relationship that our police department has with the community and this is just taking that extra step enhancing that relationship," said Craig.

Chief Craig said 20 officers at the 11th precinct will begin using the body cameras this Friday and will try a new camera every 30 days until June.
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