Mt. Juliet police officers are wearing body cameras starting Sunday afternoon.
Four officers and four vehicles are equipped with a new system called Body Worn.
By March, all officers will have the same technology.
Police sent out this message on Twitter:
The personal body cams that officers are wearing connect with cameras installed in each officer’s patrol car. They have one facing forward and one in the back seat.
Mt. Juliet police officers started training on the new system a few days ago. They say it’s the most advanced system available with capabilities like these:
- Sends streaming real-time live video to dispatchers and supervisors
- Activates and sends alerts when an officer is in a physical struggle, running or is down
- Detects and sends alerts when a firearm is discharged
- Receives alerts and BOLO photos from dispatch.
These devices will improve community relations, lower the number of citizen complaints, defend officers against false accusations, increase agency accountability, and improve officer training and evaluations,” said Chief James Hambrick.
The city has a five-year contract for the new system totaling $540,600.