After months of roll out and training, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say the department is up to speed with body-worn cameras.
"Every patrol officer in all 13 of our divisions have been trained and equipped with body-worn cameras," said CMPD spokesperson Rob Tufano. "We have also outfitted our canine and Airport officers."
Department officials said approximately 1,300 body worn cameras are being used.
Police officials first introduced the body worn cameras back in April. Officers in the Metro Division were the first to train and use the equipment.
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At the time, Major Steve Willis said of the body cameras, "It is going to give us the opportunity to show we are doing good work and we are treating people like they should be treated. It is also going to level the playing field. If there is a complaint and an officer has done something wrong, it is going to give us an opportunity to do something and deal with it."
WBTV asked CMPD if there have been any situations yet when the video from the body cameras played a role in resolving any citizen complaints? Or, if the videos have been needed for any particular reason?
In a statement to WBTV, Tufano wrote, "We are currently evaluating results, reports and reviews to determine what type of initial impact the equipment has had."
The cameras are supposed to be recording traffic stops, arrests, suspicious vehicles or persons, disturbances, and police chases.
Police leaders said the body-worn cameras will allow officers to record what happens outside of patrol cars, and will be used to record almost every interaction an officer has with a citizen.
"Any type of calls of service where weapons are involved or violence is involved, we expect the officers to turn the camera on," Willis said.
Tufano told WBTV the department intends to make public the information gathered from the evaluation
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