City of Ann Arbor plans to issue 86 body-worn cameras to the Ann Arbor Police Department.
Recent studies show a reduction in police misconduct complaints, and less use of force in instances when officers are wearing body cameras. Ann Arbor is joining the growing ranks of communities, both locally and across the nation, turning to the technology, in hopes of making police work more transparent.
Ann Arbor is purchasing 86 new devices, as well as making upgrades to in-car camera systems. Ann Arbor mayor, Christopher Taylor, asserts the initial roll-out will be limited "so that Chief of Police, John Seto, will be able to review the policies associated with the use of the cameras, and make sure that they are as efficient and proper as possible."
A specific policy of how the cameras will be used still needs to be developed. City staff is reviewing some model policies, and are working to align them with state laws.