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Albany Police Will Test Body Cameras

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Beginning on Monday, Albany police officers will be testing body cameras while on duty.

20 officers will be outfitted with the new technology, testing body worn cameras from four different vendors to find which will best meet the needs of the police department and the community.  The cameras will be tested on a rotating basis. The officers will be split into two groups of 10 each and test one of the two vendors’ cameras for three weeks. After three weeks, the groups will switch cameras for another three weeks of testing. Once the other two of the four vendors delivers their cameras, the process will repeat until officers have had the opportunity to pilot cameras from all four vendors.  Albany police say once a specific camera vendor is chosen, the other aspects of the policy will be developed with further public input.

The program had been expected to roll out over the summer. Funding comes from a $133,000 federal grant the department received in September of last year.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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