CLAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)- The Clayton Police Department demonstrated its new body-worn camera technology Monday.
Clayton Mayor Mike Stevens and Clayton Police Chief Matt Hamlin joined community and technology partners to launch the city’s first body-worn camera program. The city said it is the beginning of a five-year, $130,000 contract with Utility, inc., which includes equipping 17 officers with patented BodyWorn cameras.
The cameras are embedded into the officers’ uniforms to prevent the cameras from detaching. They are GPS based to turn on automatically when officers arrive within a pre-determined radius from where they are dispatched, according to Jason Dombkowski, director of law enforcement relations at Utility, Inc. The body-worn cameras also have a holster sensor, turning on once an officer draws their weapon.
Clayton Police Chief Matt Hamlin said the officers have been using the cameras for two weeks. He said the cameras will help with accountability and transparency.
“In today’s world, the public that we serve really wants accountability and transparency,” said Hamlin. “Even though we had in-car cameras, which allowed some of that to be recorded, now we can enhance that by having body cameras and we can record every incident that happens between the public and the police officers.”
Hamlin also said the technology can be used by the department as a training tool to see what they are doing right or wrong, and improve.