Body cameras coming to Kalamazoo Public Safety

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Newschannel 3 has new information about body cameras coming to Kalamazoo Public Safety.

The shooting of Michael Brown by an officer in Ferguson, Mo., has brought police use of force into national headlines.

Newschannel 3's Julia Fello is live in the newsroom with these breaking new details.

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley just spoke to Newschannel 3 over the phone. He confirms the department is in the process of starting a pilot program -- introducing body cameras on Kalamazoo officers. He says this has been in the works for months, well before the events in Ferguson.

Hadley explained the department has a brand of body cameras that stick to the chest of an officer, made by Coban. That's the same company that captures video from a police dash camera. The body cameras record audio and have a wide-angle lens to capture video.

The camera has the capability of capturing an officer's every move and interaction during sensitive cases -- that includes interviews with victims of serious crimes.

Hadley says some legal issues, policies and procedures would need to be hashed out before the cameras could go on patrol officers.

Hadley hopes the department can start trying this out, with two cameras at first, in the next 30 days.

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