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Detroit police begin 60-day assessment of body cameras

4th, 7th precincts to get cameras first

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DETROIT – Friday marked the start of a 60-day "risk mitigation" period for body cameras being worn by Detroit police officers.

The Detroit City Council in May unanimously approved a $5.2 million contract with WatchGuard for the body and in-car cameras. 

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Police Chief James Craig announced plans last fall to outfit all police officers with body cameras within the next three years.

The first deployments of the cameras will happen in the 4th and 7th precincts. 

The 60-day assessment of the new system will be to assess its functionality in real-world conditions and be done at no cost to the city.  

Duggan said the city will eventually fully implement 1,500 body cameras and 450 in-vehicle cameras.

The new system will provide three different points of view (officer’s point of view; front of patrol vehicle; back seat).