Body Worn Cameras Implemented

Body Worn Cameras Implemented

The Plymouth Police Department has gone LIVE with body cameras and a new in-car video system from Bodyworn by Utility.  Each patrol vehicle has been installed with a new video system and each officer has been issued a body camera. 

Training began in the last week of April and is continuing.  The body cameras and the in-car video system will all interact with the Dispatch Center to automatically activate under certain conditions allowing the officer to focus on tactics and techniques that will keep them safe. 

The cameras are all high definition and provide excellent video footage.  This will provide greater transparency to the public and protection against false accusations for the officer.  While the police department has had in-car video systems for nearly 19 years, this is the first time the department has deployed body cameras. 

What some might call a delay in the department moving to the body camera platform is really simply a matter of timing and opportunity.  Specifically, it provided time for our most recent video platform to reach end of life and for the State of Michigan to better address the privacy issues that surround the release of information regarding video captured on the body cameras in very private places and circumstances. 

Law enforcement is constantly evolving and rapidly moving forward in a variety of ways to provide the public with better customer service.  Technology is one of those ways, and we are excited to continue our forward momentum with the deployment of this cutting-edge patrol technology.