Detroit plans to have body cameras on all police officers within 3 years

DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Police Chief James Craig announced Tuesday plans for outfitting all police officers with body cameras within the next three years.

Duggan and Craig say all marked Detroit Police Department cars will have fully operational dash cameras within the next 12 months. Beginning in 2016, they plan to have 100 officers each month getting outfitted with body cameras.

Overall, the plan is to have all 2,500 patrol and special unit officers equipped with body cameras within three years.

"Our goal is to build a police department where all interactions between officers and citizens are recorded," said Duggan. "Full transparency is the best way to build trust."

The police department has been testing the body camera equipment on officers who have volunteered to test it out.

"We are moving ahead to build a single, integrated system, where the police cars and officers will be fully equipped with the latest camera technology," said Chief Craig.