Some City of Newburgh police officers will be wearing cameras this summer, at least on a trial basis.
The cameras, which are on a 90-day trial period starting June 1, would be worn on the outside of the officers clothing, and could be located on their police vests. “It’s going to be worn on the outermost clothing,” Daniel Cameron, acting police chief, said.
The catalyst for the cameras is a national trend, Cameron said. The city police department tested body cameras in 2012, but the program never got off the ground, he said.
Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland saw uprisings and protests after controversial actions by police that resulted in the deaths of two men, one from each city – Michael Brown and Freddie Gray.
Cameron made the statements at a Police-Community Relations and Review Board meeting held at city hall Wednesday night.
The board reviews “complaints of misconduct by members of the City of Newburgh Police Department,” the City of Newburgh website said.
“This board’s mission is to bridge the gap of communication between the police and the community they police,” Corey Allen, Police-Community Relations and Review Board chairman said. “We’re basically trying to produce a transparency that you’ve never seen.”
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