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Springfield police getting body cameras

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Springfield Police Division
Springfield police officers will soon be wearing body cameras.

The Springfield Police Division will soon introduce body cameras for its officers.

The division says the introduction of body cameras – worth nearly $400,000 – will improve safety of officers and residents.

"The introduction of BWCs (body-worn cameras) is designed to bolster the safety of Springfield Police Officers and the citizens they serve, fostering an environment of trust and responsibility," the department stated.

Over the next several weeks, officers will be trained on using the cameras, and the public will begin to see the cameras worn by officers as a part of their uniform.

According to the department, the decision to adopt cameras is the result of research, consultation with stakeholders like the Community Police Advisory Team and the Ohio Collaborative, as well as with both the Police Patrol Officers Union and the Command Officers Association.

The cameras will record interactions, and the footage will help with evidence for investigations and legal proceedings.

The money for the cameras is from a $162,586 grant from the state, as well as local dollars.