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ITHACA, N.Y. — Chief of Police John R. Barber is pleased to announce that starting today at 3:00 pm, all IPD officers have begun wearing body-worn cameras.
Per policy IPD officers are required to activate their cameras when engaged in “law enforcement operations.” Specifics of when and where officers are required to record are detailed in the attached policy.
The use of the body cameras is intended to assist officers in the performance of their duties, gather evidence for use in the prosecution of crimes, and to enhance transparency and accountability of IPD operations.
The body-worn cameras that IPD officers are wearing are manufactured by Taser International. Data captured by the body-worn cameras is stored on a cloud-based system wherein at the end of their shift each officer uploads the data captured by the camera to the cloud-based system.
Officers can review data captured by the cameras, however they cannot modify or manipulate it.
Regarding the body-worn cameras, Chief Barber stated “I am pleased to have our officers wearing the cameras. These cameras are going to capture the excellent police work that I know our officers are putting forth every day. They’ll also increase transparency and accountability between our officers and the community we serve.”
City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick shared Chief Barber’s enthusiasm for the cameras, stating recently “I am pleased to see the body-worn camera initiative come to reality. A year ago we set forth on a journey to equip IPD officers with body cameras because we realized the role they would play in increasing accountability between the Ithaca Police Department and the Ithaca community. We looked at different vendors, we talked to industry experts, and we teamed with all the stakeholders to choose the right camera and the right way to store the data. We wanted to be methodical and do it the right way instead of rushing into a decision.”
“I know that we have chosen the right body camera company and we have developed a policy that regulates their use without limiting their shared importance for the community and for the police department.”
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