September 17, 2018

Indianapolis Police Chief Says Body Cameras A Top Goal

Body cameras are seen on a dock station during a news conference at the Panasonic headquarters unveiling cameras for Newark Police officers, in April 2017. - AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Body cameras are seen on a dock station during a news conference at the Panasonic headquarters unveiling cameras for Newark Police officers, in April 2017.

AP Photo/Julio Cortez

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The chief of police in Indianapolis says getting body cameras for his officers is a top goal.

Chief Bryan Roach tells TV station WRTV that there's a "trust issue" nationally with law enforcement and the cameras are seen as "one of those things to create transparency and a little more trust within the agency." They're already in place in various departments around the country.

The TV station says the city's technology infrastructure has been updated so that it can handle the needs of body cameras with about 90 days of notice. Roach says once other upgrades such as new two-way radios and a new computer-aided dispatch system are in place he plans to focus on adding body cameras.

Roach says a pilot program likely would precede a full rollout.

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