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City of Cortland Police – Body Cameras Now Implemented on All Calls

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The City of Cortland Police Department has announced after several years of ongoing research and planning, the department has now implemented body-worn cameras (BWC) for all officers. The cameras will be used on all calls by the department.

The implementation of the body-worn cameras began on April 1st, after the support of city administrators, grant funding, and other efforts, Lieutenant Cheyenne Cute of the Cortland Police Department said in a release.

The body-worn cameras to be used will be Axon BWC. Cortland Police say they were chosen for the ease of use, their reliability, and available features. The 5-year cost for the program was over $100,000; $40,000 came from grant funding to help offset the initial cost.

Officers with the cameras will have to manually activate the body-worn cameras before arriving or on arrival to a scene and will be required to continue recording until they have completed a call.

“The use of BWC’s is intended to assist officers in the performance of their duties, increase transparency and accountability of CPD operations, protect officers against false accusations of misconduct, and gather evidence for use in the prosecution of crimes.”

Lieutenant Cute said in the release.

Funding and implementation for the body-worn cameras was assisted by Cortland Mayor, Scott Steve.

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