Jackson police officers equipped with body cameras


JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — Next time you have contact with police in Jackson you should be aware that you’ll be caught on camera.


The Jackson Police Department has equipped all of its patrol officers with body cameras.

After nearly a year of planning, 42 body cameras are now in use by officers all over the city of Jackson, bringing them into 21st century police work.


Covering Jackson with police body cameras is something Chief Elmer Hitt has been looking forward to.


“We’ve already used them in some different situations to just review incidents and they seem to be working out well for us,” Hitt said.


The department is spending more than $127,000 over the next five years on their body cam system.


Before making contact with the public, officers turn on body cameras, recording everything that happens.


The video is saved for future review and could be used as evidence in court.


The body cameras come three months after a deadly officer-involved shooting.


Patrol car dash cameras were recording, but the shoot-out happened out of their view. 


Chief Hitt says body cams would have added more clarity to the incident.


“The video and audio evidence would have been better than what we had just captured on the in-car video camera system,” Hitt said.


As officers roll through neighborhoods with cameras rolling, Chief Hitt believes this will greatly benefit everyone in Jackson. 


“I think it holds our employees, as well as the general public, accountable for their actions,” Hitt said.


More new technology is coming to the police department; patrol cars are getting new dash cameras in the coming months.

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