- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Body cameras will become standard equipment for all 2,500 Detroit police officers over the next several years, and each marked squad car will get fully operational dash cameras.

The effort is part of the city’s quest for transparency and trust-building with residents, Mayor Mike Duggan said Tuesday.

“Our goal is to build a police department where all interactions between officers and citizens are recorded,” Duggan said.

President Barack Obama has promoted the use of body cameras by police after last year’s shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

A number of other Michigan departments are adding body cameras, including Bay City. Similar programs are under way in other cities across the country.

About half of Detroit’s marked police vehicles have reliably operating dash cams. Over the next 12 months, each of the 409 units will get fully functioning cameras.

This fall, officers will start testing a body camera system that will be integrated into the dash cam system.

“We are moving ahead to build a single, integrated system, where the police cars and officers will be fully equipped with the latest camera technology,” Police Chief James Craig said.

Body cameras will be outfitted to 100 officers each month starting in early 2016. All officers should have them within three years.


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