State Police begins use of body cams
Delaware State Police are launching a limited body camera pilot program ahead of implementing them throughout the force.
25 Delaware State Police troopers will wear body cameras in the pilot program while they’re on duty to help weigh which styles are best for their needs.
They say it’ll also help them figure out the best ways to store the footage, how to manage potential evidence and influence a final policy.
The move comes as a group of state and law enforcement officials are about to release a uniform, statewide policy regarding the use of body cams.
Attorney General Matt Denn recently told Delaware Public Media that should be released by next month, but noted that it won’t be legally binding, leaving it up to each department to follow it if they wish.
Gov. Jack Markell carved out $500,000 in his proposed budget to help pay for state police body cameras – as well as new attorneys for the AG’s office to evaluate footage. But he set aside no new money for public defenders to look over evidence.