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Police in Avon to begin wearing body cameras

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AVON — Police Chief Robert Ticer will brief the Avon Town Council on Tuesday on the implementation of body worn cameras in the department. Ticer will review guidelines for the use of the cameras and time frame for implementation.

Body-worn cameras are an emerging technology in law enforcement and are a valuable tool for promoting transparency by recording citizen contact with police officers. In 2014, the department began wear-testing several camera systems for future use within the department and budgeted for this technology in the 2015 Avon budget. The department selected Taser Technology as the vendor for the camera system after significant wear-testing and analysis of multiple systems. This product has been successful in many major U.S. law enforcement agencies.

In addition to the wear-testing, the department developed a policy based upon the model policy of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, policies from other major law enforcement agencies and input from the district attorney, Avon town manager and Avon town attorney for the use of camera systems.

The program is expected to start in stages beginning the second week of June. For more information, call the Avon Police Department at 970-748-4040.