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HARTFORD, CONN (February 4, 2019) – Today the Hartford Police Department began implementing its body warn camera program, starting with forty police officers during a 30-day pilot phase.  Equipping the Department with body-worn cameras has been a priority of Mayor Luke Bronin, the City Council, and Police Chief David Rosado, and in 2018 Hartford purchased 325 body worn cameras.  The Police Department will be expanding body worn cameras to the full patrol team and then Department-wide as part of a multi-phased roll out. Please see a Frequently Asked Questions document from the Police Department here, and the Hartford Police Department’s policy on body worn camerashere, which was based on the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council model policy. 

“Our police department has demonstrated a strong commitment to transparency and accountability, and body worn cameras will strengthen that commitment even further,” said Mayor Bronin.  “Body worn cameras are beneficial for our men and women in uniform and our community as a whole, and they’re an important tool for successful community policing.  The city has been pursuing body warn cameras for some time, and I am glad that working with Chief Rosado and his team, the Hartford Police Union, and the City Council, we’ve reached an important milestone today.”

“Body worn cameras are an important tool for modern day community policing, and I’m proud that we’re rolling them out in Hartford within my first year on the job,” said Chief Rosado.  “Body worn cameras are a win for our entire city, because it helps both our officers and our residents when there’s more transparency about our interactions with the public.  This pilot program is an important step, and it’s one of several phases we will go through before the cameras are fully integrated and deployed Department-wide.  I want to thank the Mayor and the City Council for their partnership in getting these cameras.  We look forward to rolling them out to more and more of our officers in the months ahead.”

“Police body-worn cameras are increasingly being implemented across the county and can be an effective tool to increase accountability, transparency, and trust,” said City Council President Glendowlyn L.H. Thames.  “After many years of planning, I am proud to say that the Hartford Police Department is ready to launch the use of Officer body-worn cameras that will go a long way to enhance police and community relations.”

“Body cameras have been a long-time request of the community,” said Minority Leader Wildaliz Bermudez.  “It's good to see they will now be implemented.  We look forward to receiving additional information of what is collected with their use.”

“I'm happy that we're starting the body camera pilot today,” said Majority Leader James Sanchez, Co-Chair of the City Council’s Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.  “It's an added layer of protection for both our community and officers.  It creates a stronger sense of security, accountability and transparency on both sides of the isle.  I look forward to a stronger community relationship with HPD.  Thank you.”

“I am pleased to see our Police Department moving in the direction of 21st Century Policing,” said City Councilman Thomas J. Clarke II, Co-Chair of the City Council’s Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.  “Today’s announcement of the pilot program is an essential indicator to the public that our police chief and city leaders seek to strengthen the relationship with the community by holding our officers accountable and being transparent.”



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