Albany PD to get body cameras

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The goal of a new federal grant program is to build community trust.

Now, Albany police will be benefiting from the U.S. Justice Department’s nationwide award. The department will be receiving more than $130,000 to outfit its force with body cameras.

Policing in the 21st Century may require all officers to carry a tiny piece of equipment.

“Our plan is to outfit the whole patrol division with them,” Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox said.

The $133,000 will be used to buy cameras, purchase storage and implement a policy for all officers to follow.

“Make sure we get it right because there’s a lot of issues around body cameras,” Cox said. “We need to make sure we address all of those issues.”

Body cameras are usually attached somewhere on the upper body, and an officer can turn it on at any time and record everything from their angle to give a second perspective on police interactions and possibly help with an investigation.

It’s something Cox said may have helped with the death investigation of Dontay Ivy, who was Tasered by Albany police and later died.

Thirty officers will be in the first round to get body cameras.

“I gotta take a really hard look at this to see how many we’ll buy,” Police Chief Brendan Cox said. “But our plan is to eventually outfit the whole patrol division, but it’ll be a phased in process.”

The cameras won’t be seen on the street for at least another 12 months.

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian said the cameras will foster transparency and thereby improve police-community relations.

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