On-officer cameras to be tested on Phoenix police officers

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by Alice Kleinpeter

azfamily.com

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 1:28 PM

PHOENIX -- A new program will keep nearly 50 Phoenix police officers under constant surveillance.

The Phoenix Police Department in partnership with Arizona State University College of Public Programs secured a federal grant to buy about 50 on-officer camera systems from the VIEVU Company.

The on-officer cameras will be used in the Maryvale Precinct starting April 15. The precinct is divided into two similarly sized squad areas. One squad will wear the cameras and the other will not in an attempt to determine the impact and efficacy of the cameras.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, the program will attempt to determine if the cameras enhance officers’ ability to conduct investigations. It will also determine if the cameras have a significant impact on officer and citizen behavior.

“Various survey instruments will be utilized during the course of the program to evaluate the impact of the technology with regard to citizens’ attitudes and perceptions,” said Sgt Tommy Thompson.

The program follows a 90-day on-officer video camera pilot program that was used In the South Mountain and Cactus Park Precincts from March through June 2011.

The new program is expected to benefit the Phoenix Police Department.

“It is anticipated the technology will enhance our officers’ ability to provide quality police service in keeping with the highest standards of the Phoenix Police Department,” said Thompson.
 

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