NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH)– Body cameras for police officers have become a major topic of conversation across the country. There are several agencies here in the state that are using them. The city of Norwalk is now joining that list.
As of Tuesday, nearly every patrol officer out on the street will have a body camera on them. They raised the money, $50,000, through private donations so it won’t cost taxpayers anything.
They’re hoping having officers wear cameras will reduce the use of excessive force, excessive force complaints, citizen complaints and reduce injuries to police and citizens.
The mayor of Norwalk knows all too well how valuable these cameras can be to police because he spent 17 years as chief of police before taking public office.
“There’s been a human cry for methods of being able to gather data that will help police officers…and what needs to be done about it,” said Mayor Harry Rilling, (D) Norwalk.
Officers will turn it on the body cameras when they get a call. They will then turn it off once the call is complete. Any video they take will be uploaded back at the station to a server.
It needs to be held for at least 30 days according to state law. If there is a complaint or investigation they will keep the video longer than that.