Mayor Nan Whaley speaks to WHIO on police reform in Dayton

DAYTON — Dayton’s mayor is talking about the possibility of getting body cameras for every Dayton police officer. She also touches on the status of police reform efforts in the city.

The conversation about body cameras came up recently after an incident where video from a test camera captured a controversial traffic stop at the Westown shopping center.

As part of our “Dayton Gets Real” initiative, News Center 7′s Mike Campbell sat down one-on-one with the mayor.

“When you get down to this, it’s about building transparency and trust, we’ll have to just do this,” Mayor Nan Whaley told us.

She goes on to mention how shes says she’s impressed with how quickly that working groups, forced to meet with Zoom calls, are engaging in exchanges of ideas.

The Use-of-Force committee is the first one to act, they’ve already forwarded two formal recommendations to the city commission for an official is a suggestion for annual use-of-force audits, the second is to institute department wide-body cameras.

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The mayor says everyone is on-board with body cameras, she points to the recent Westown shopping center incident where body camera video showed in-depth context to a man arrest that at first looked questionable when recorded on a citizen’s cell phone camera.

Now the question is how do we find the money to pay for the huge cash cost of body cameras for all officers.

Mayor Nan Whaley retored to the question with, “We’re just going to have to frankly.”

The mayor believes many more recommendations will be coming in for a response from city commissioners, she expects in 6-9 months, by early to the middle of next year, the working groups will have completed their work to help reform policing in Dayton.