Written by on February 28, 2017

Police in Jamaica are currently testing the use of body cameras.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force recently outfitted 4 police divisions in Kingston and St. Andrew with body cameras, as a means to improve accountability and enhance officer professionalism.

This initial pilot comes more than 2 years after it was first announced by then Security Minister Peter Bunting, in response to allegations of misconduct by police officers.

Last August, the JCF received 120 cameras from the U.S. as a pilot project – which included equipment, installation, and training, costing a U.S. $400,000. Officials of the JFC say the roll-out was delayed because appropriate systems needed to be installed.

For use, officers will sign for the cameras and be fingerprinted in effort to lessen the chance of compromise. They will be worn on the officer’s pockets or vests and are to be turned on whenever they interact with the public to improve transparency in the way police conduct operations.

Camera footage will be uploaded to a special database only accessible by authorized personnel, so officers will not be able to edit or delete its contents, and stored for a maximum 3 months.

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