The 115 body cameras have arrived in Danbury, and next month the vendor will begin training members of the Police Department on how to use them. Chief Patrick Ridenhour says he hopes they'll be on the streets in the next month or two.
The Department is working to finalize a policy on when they need to be on and when they don't.
The newly passed police accountability bill requires body and in-car cameras. Ridenhour says Danbury has cameras in patrol cars, but they are getting new ones. The dash cams have been in place for at least a decade, but they're failing and past their usefulness. The company that was originally used is no longer in business, so they’re not serviceable anymore.
Ridenhour says the plan is for the new in-dash and body cameras to interact with each other for a seamless system.
The Danbury Police Department had a tentative deal with a vendor last December to get body cameras, but Ridenhour says the vendor could not meet the terms when the funding was approved. The previous vendor was acquiring a new company and changing models, sending Danbury back to the drawing board.