Akron Police officers now equipped with body cameras

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - officers have a new tool to help them fight crime and possibly protect you as well.

Akron officers are testing 30 body cameras at no cost.

Officers underwent training Thursday morning, then began wearing the cameras out on patrol.

The first targeted neighborhoods will be Firestone Park, Kenmore and East Akron.

Chief Vince Valentine feels that the move will help protect both the public and his officers.

"The cameras will be activated based on policy and what policy dictates at the Akron P.D. and they're going to be evaluating not only the hardware but the workflow of the system, where the videos are uploaded and stored and managed on taser's platform called evidence.com," says Valentine.

Police say body cameras have been shown to reduce citizen complaints and uses of force, and will keep officers safer while building more trust with citizens.

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