CINCINNATI -- During Monday's Law and Public Safety Committee meeting, the Cincinnati Police Department met with councilmembers and vowed to deliver a "gold standard, nationally recognized" body camera program. CPD also named a date for the program's rollout: Aug. 1.
While the specific requirements of the program are not available -- a draft of guidelines is due in July -- the police department and councilmembers agreed on a camera vendor and a few requirements for camera usage.
The department plans to order TASER's Axon Body 2 model cameras. The TASER brand was chosen of the 12 bids CPD received.
Officials agreed on a 90-day retention requirement for the cameras. Also discussed were requirements for officers to have cameras activated during all emergency responses; officers also will not need to inform citizens that they are being filmed.
CPD's Central Business District, Special Events, Traffic, Gang and K-9 Units will be the first to receive body cameras on Aug. 1.
Check out the interactive timeline below to see how the discussion of police body cameras in Cincinnati has evolved in recent years.