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Body Cams Coming To Stamford Police Department

April 16, 2018 - 12:27 pm

STAMFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) -- Police officers in Stamford, Connecticut will start wearing body cameras later this month.

The body cams are meant to protect the public and police to ensure accountability.

It's been a methodical process as the Stamford Police Department tested different models and formulated a policy for their use, WCBS 880's Sean Adams reported. They also consulted community groups including the NAACP, ACLU, Hispanic and LGBT groups to finalize protocols. 

"I think you have to remember anytime you see a video whether it is going to be from an officer's body camera or somebody's cell phone video it is part of the story. It's not the whole story, but it helps capture at least part of the story," said Assistant Police Chief Thomas Wuennemann. 

The body cams are always on. They will capture 30 seconds without sound before and after each recording.

Officers will have discretion to turn off the cameras if they believe filming will hamper an investigation or if there are privacy concerns.

"Obviously if you're dealing with any undercover police officers or other privacy issues there will be times when they will be turned off," Wuennemann said.

Privacy concerns will be taken into account when determining what videos can be released to the public.

"I think the more important thing is that there will be things that will be recorded that will need to either be redacted or will not be allowed to be released depending on its content," Wuennemann said.