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Inside Look: IMPD body cameras in the neighborhood

Posted at 10:05 AM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 10:06:02-04

INDIANAPOLIS — People are demanding more transparency from local police.

WRTV was able to get an inside look at the body cameras that Metro police are now using on the job. Rafael Sanchez suited up with the camera and talked about the technology with homeowners around the Little Flower Catholic.

The camera is really like an iPhone placed in the chest area of the officer's uniform. The technology can record from 12 to 15 hours of video and audio.

All uniformed officers will have the devices by Thanksgiving.

The body-worn cameras are being deployed months after several Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department-involved shootings, and the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett led the charge after years of talk to make the cameras a reality.

The IMPD east district, Commander Rick Riddle's officers, are the first to get the technology. Lt. Scott Kulig is leading the training and also overseeing the entire project.

"In an age where people want proof — the cameras will be recording and providing pictures that in the past were not available," Officer Kulig said.

The video and audio will always be a challenge, as the closer the officer is to you, the better the sound, and the farther from you, the more you'll see.

In the video above, we spoke with Tom Foor and Ms. Berry, who both live on the east side of Indianapolis, and gave WRTV permission to use the body-worn cameras to record our discussion.

The technology being used by IMPD is also in the hands of law enforcement across Indiana, including the Boone County Sheriff's Office, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Lawrence PD, West Lafayette, and South Bend PD.