The Rochester Police Department is pleased to announce the deployment of body-worn cameras for all patrol officers, a significant step forward in bolstering transparency and accountability within the force.
The cameras record audio and video footage when activated during various law enforcement functions, ensuring a more comprehensive record of police interactions.
Deputy Chief Andrew Swanberry emphasizes the importance of this technology, stating, “We are committed to enhancing transparency and building trust within our community. The introduction of body-worn cameras is a positive step forward in achieving these goals.”
According to Swanberry, the cameras will be activated whenever an officer is performing a law enforcement function, such as making an arrest or conducting a traffic stop. The recordings serve as valuable resources for investigations and evidence collection. Swanberry underscores the impact of these cameras, saying, “The recordings will not only provide a clear account of events but also protect the rights of all parties involved.”
It’s important to note that community caretaking functions, such as performing well-being checks or reuniting a lost child with their guardian, will not be recorded, respecting the privacy and dignity of individuals during such interactions.
The cameras will be prominently displayed on officers’ outer garments and will feature a red indicator light when activated, making it evident to the public that recording is in progress.
Swanberry adds, “We are excited to have this technology out on the street to help us protect and serve this community. These cameras are a proactive measure that will benefit both our officers and the residents of Rochester.”