CT: Bridgeport Police launch body camera program

Mayor Joe Ganim called a “step of additional accountability and transparency.”

“I’m happy and — actually in so many ways thankful — to people who, even before we were here, before this administration … have been pushing for this advancement in policing and community policing,” Ganim said.

Since the beginning of February, the city has been part of a 90-day pilot program to determine which of several brands of body-and-dashboard-cam combinations will win out based on data that will include feedback from the officers using them.

Some 23 body-and-dash-cam combos currently are being used, with the body cams from two companies — Axon, formerly TASER International, and Getac — ranging from around $450 to $800 each, Police Chief Armando Perez said. Read more…