MIAMI VALLEY — News Center 7 reached out to area law enforcement agencies about whether their departments are using or considering using body cameras for officers.
- Approved a contract for body cameras and will be implementing them within the department in 2021.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE:
- About 200 cameras for all road deputies are being implemented in the department now
- Officers do not currently wear body cams, but do have body microphones. The department is gathering information to determine what companies they might test for cameras in the future.
PREBLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE:
- Preble County does not use body cameras nor are they testing any at this time, Sheriff Mike Simpson said.
GREENE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE:
- The Greene County Sheriff’s Office began using body cameras in September 2016.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE:
- Champaign County deputies don’t currently wear body cams, however the department is in the beginning stages of considering their implementation and are identifying possible options for purchase in the future.
- Riverside police began using body cameras in the second half of 2014.
- Xenia Police issued body worn cameras to officers in September of 2015.
- Miamisburg Police don’t currently use body cameras, however the department is discussing them
- Bellbrook police currently use body cameras
- Moraine police do not currently use body cameras, however will begin using them in 2021 along with cruiser cameras.
CLARK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE:
- The Clark County Sheriff’s Office does utilize body worn cameras. The department has had them in service since February 2016.
- The department does not currently have body cameras, however the department is exploring options.
- The Huber Heights Police Division began using body cameras for officers in July 2020.
DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE:
- Darke County Sheriff’s Office does not have body worn cameras. The use of body worn cameras is discussed frequently in the office but there are currently no concrete plans in place to proceed with this project at this time, according to Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker.
- Trotwood Police has one body camera, which is assigned to the school resource officer. Due to budget constraints, the department has been unable to expand its testing. “We recently identified both the costs-to-purchase and the costs-to-own a body-worn camera system, and are working on a Department-wide model/plan that we will have ready to implement whenever funding becomes available,” said Deputy Police Chief Mark Ecton.
MIAMI COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE:
- Miami County deputies will be equipped with body cameras in early 2021 after securing funding.
KETTERING POLICE DEPARTMENT:
- Kettering police are in the process of implementing body cameras to the agency.
OAKWOOD PUBLIC SAFETY:
- The city of Oakwood has announced it is pursuing plans to purchase both body and in-car cameras to be implemented into the department in the first quarter of 2021.
MERCER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE:
- The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office purchased its first body cameras in April 2015 and have had body cameras in service since that time.
- Beavercreek officers wear body cameras and have used them since October 2017.
- Vandalia Division of Police has used body cameras since June 2016.
- Englewood police have used body cams since 2014 and were the first in the area to adopt the technology.
- Enon officers currently wear body cameras.
SUGARCREEK TWP. POLICE:
- Sugarcreek Twp. police officers wear body cameras
CENTRAL STATE POLICE:
- The Central State University Police Department wears body cameras
UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON POLICE:
- UD Police wear body cameras.
TIPP CITY POLICE:
- Tipp City officers currently wear body cameras.
- Piqua officers wear body cameras.
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