Tupelo gives body camera policy, officers train to use them

FILE PHOTO In this file photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, a body camera is attached to the uniform of Whitestown Police Department officer Reggie Thomas during a traffic stop, in Whitestown, Ind. Police departments in at least two states are shelving the body cameras they outfitted their officers with, blaming the formidable costs of storing the video. About a third of the nation's 18,000 police agencies either have pilot body camera programs or full programs in place, despite the cost concerns. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – City officials in Tupelo have drafted a policy on body cameras, and police are now training officers to use the technology.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2ndm771 ) that the city released a final copy of its body camera policy late Thursday afternoon.

The policy states that officers wearing the cameras will be required to activate the recording mode during “any enforcement contact or call for service,” except for certain exceptions.

The policy states that body cameras will be activated for traffic stops, field interviews, detentions and arrests.

The policy forbids officers from intentionally obscuring the camera’s field of view.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

 

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