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Trumbull police get body cams

January 22, 2019

TRUMBULL — Trumbull police are now on camera.

“I am pleased that Trumbull officers are now equipped with body worn cameras during patrol duties,” said Police Chief Michael Lombardo. “The camera will record evidence and interactions with the community providing another level of transparency and depicting the fine work done by the officers.”

The body cameras, which officers are wearing as of Jan. 19, are the culmination of several years of planning, funding requests, and training, said Lt. Douglas Smith.

“The program was officially launched over a year ago after the department researched several options for the body-worn cameras and eventually purchased 20 cameras and a new computer server for storing the camera recordings in compliance with state of Connecticut standards,” Smith said in a statement. “Officers received training in the wearing and use of the cameras, which will be reviewed with them annually.”

The cameras were purchased with grant funding at a cost of about $20,000, Smith said. The recordings will be stored on a dedicated server that also contains the audio-visual files from the department’s vehicle cameras that have been in use for several years.

Not only will the cameras provide video evidence in criminal cases by creating an audio and visual record of an incident, Smith said, “They also allow the department to review the recordings for training and professional standards evaluations, and will aid in the investigation of citizen complaints.”

Smith said the cameras will be used under a department policy that dictates when the camera is to be activated, and specific situations when it should not be used.

Trumbull’s body and vehicle cameras were purchased from WatchGuard, a video company in Texas. The department plans to add more camera systems with the purchase of each new vehicle. Each camera system, which includes vehicle camera, body camera and all the related hardware and software, costs about $5,000, Smith said.

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