Troopers to wear body cameras

Pennsylvania State troopers from the Avondale barracks will be wear body cameras. Troop J will be one of the first three troops to wear the cameras through the end of the year. The other Troops are B, Uniontown, and T, Somerset.

In a press release, Lt. Col. Robert Evanchik said he’s a proponent of the technology and that what can be learned from the experiment “will help the department fine-tune internal training, regulations and processes to ensure the department  is best prepared for wider implementation.”

The cameras became available through a $52,000 federal grant and the money was used to buy 30 cameras for the pilot study. PSP has developed policies regulating the use of the cameras, data storage as well as duties and responsibilities related to the body-cams. Those procedures include when to activate and deactivate the cameras.

To equip the entire department would be costly. Cameras cost about $1,000 each and PSP has 4,300 enlisted personnel.

People who want footage from the cameras may make a request through Act 22 of 2017 and the process is on the Pennsylvania State Police website. The interim policy may be found at http://www.psp.pa.gov/for%20media/Documents/BWC%20Policy.pdf

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