Bay City cops get body cameras as part of pilot program

Associated Press

Bay City — Police officers are getting body cameras as part of a pilot program.

The Bay City Times reports Public Safety Director Michael J. Cecchini and Capt. Joseph Lanava on Wednesday unveiled the program aimed at testing two camera models, one of which is to become a permanent part of officers’ resources in the field.

For the pilot program, two officers per shift will be wearing the cameras. When each shift ends, they’ll fill out evaluation forms. Lanava plans to review the evaluations and the footage.

A number of other Michigan departments are adding body cameras or considering the equipment. Detroit police are conducting a second test of the devices. Grand Rapids approved money to equip all of its officers with body cameras.

President Barack Obama has promoted the use of body cameras by police after last year’s shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.