Denver police rolling out body cameras

From The Denver Post:  The Denver Police Department on Thursday will begin rolling out body cameras to more than 800 officers as more law enforcement agencies across the state consider using the technology.

Body cameras were a big topic Tuesday afternoon during a round-table discussion on race, policing and justice hosted by state legislators and attended by police chiefs, sheriffs, lawyers, lobbyists and union representatives from across the state.

As body camera use becomes more widespread, departments are realizing the programs are much more complex than handing officers cameras and telling them to hit a record button.

Departments must write extensive policies that protect the public’s and officers’ interests as well as the integrity of criminal investigations.

And recording is the easy part, chiefs and sheriffs say.

Denver police deputy chief Matt Murray said reviewing footage of crimes and use of force incidents will be “manpower intensive.”

For example, if five officers record footage of the same incident, investigators could spend hours reviewing videos, he said.

The department also is waiting to see how open records requests for footage affect the Department of Safety, which has one person who responds to all requests, Murray said.

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