Chicago Police body camera pilot program begins in 14th District


This glasses camera is shown on the TASER International website

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is launching a pilot body camera program and third watch 14th District Officers are participating in the program, according to an announcement by Mayor Emanuel and CPD Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy this morning. 

The program will use two types of cameras which record audio and video as an event unfolds in front of the officer. Body Worn Cameras (BWC) are clipped to an officer’s outer garment while Point of View Cameras (POV) are clipped to the officer’s glasses, goggles or head gear. 

Officers will activate the system to record all routine calls of service, investigatory stops, traffic stops, foot and vehicle pursuits, emergency driving situations and high-risk situations. They will inform any individuals they come into contact with that they are being recorded. Thirty cameras will be tested during the initial pilot program.  

“As a police officer for more than 35 years, I’m excited about this new program because it will ensure more transparency from CPD and a new view of the work performed by our officers,” said Superintendent McCarthy. “While they are not the be-all-end-all, I believe body cameras will strengthen police and community relations.” 

Emanuel pointed out that using technology as a tool, police can "continue to build the trust between officers and residents that is essential to achieving our shared goal – continuing to reduce crime in our communities.”  

The initial pilot program, with 30 cameras, is expected to last 45-60 days, followed by an evaluation by the CPD.  

The equipment is being provided by TASER International, Inc. and CPD will incur no cost for the program. The same cameras are being tested in New York and are used by the Los Angeles Police Department and additional major jurisdictions around the United States.



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