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State, municipalities consider using police body cameras

The legislature's Public Safety Committee has heard testimony on a bill which calls for a one year pilot program on the use of police body cameras.  Attorney David McGuire of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut says they support the use.


The use of body cameras by Ridgefield Police will be discussed by a committee of the Department.  The committee formation was prompted by recent incidents across the country involving use of force by police.  The discussion would include cost, how long to store footage and when the cameras would be used.


Danbury Police traffic units use body-style cameras that are attached over the ear at eye level to see exactly what the officer is looking at.  Patrol officers have cameras mounted in the cars that are forward facing. The officers have microphones that are attached to their shirts.


Wilton Police recently received a donation to purchase five body cameras for patrol officers.  The Department currently has in-car video capability.

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Todd Schnitt

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