May 12, 2020

Indianapolis Police Will Get Body Cameras

Indianapolis Police Will Get Body Cameras

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers will get body cameras.  The announcement comes after IMPD officers were involved in two police shootings and one fatal pedestrian accident in under eight hours.

The department has been involved in a body camera pilot program.  Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says it's a top priority, and the department has been working to purchase this resource -- for every officer -- for years.

"Our police force deserves body-worn cameras," says Hogsett. "Our community deserves body-worn cameras."

IMPD will also staff a new police "use of force" review board that includes community members and update its "use of force" policy.

IMPD Chief Randal Taylor says he is committed to transparency and knows emotions are running high.

"I understand the frustrations of many and I understand there is distrust with some," says Taylor. 

City leaders say the department has already taken other measures to address police department reform. This includes implicit bias training and the creation of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 

"Our commitment to addressing the systemic challenges and the history of mistrust is what led us to implement department-wide implicit bias training," says Hogsett. 

Some are questioning how effective this training has been after a responding officer was heard making an insensitive comment after one shooting last week.

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