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All Ohio troopers to wear body cameras; Here’s when they’ll be put in the field

A trooper demonstrates the body camera that will be worn by every member of the agency by...
A trooper demonstrates the body camera that will be worn by every member of the agency by spring of 2022.(Ohio State Highway Patrol)
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 10:38 AM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WPTA and WXIX) - Body cameras are coming to Ohio State Highway Patrol, with the first deployment just weeks away.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday all OSP troopers will be outfitted with the cameras by May 2022, but the process will begin in January.

That’s when the district that includes Mercer County will put the cameras in the field. The district that encompasses most of northwestern Ohio, including Van Wert, Paulding and Defiance counties, will have the cameras in use by April.

The program will distribute 1,550 new body cameras and 1,221 new in-car camera systems statewide. OSP has been using in-car cameras for decades, according to Gov. Mike DeWine. “But as technology continues to advance, body cameras have become an essential tool for policing,” he said.

“By investing in these cameras, we’re not only giving our troopers the tools they need to better protect the public, but we’re also giving the public another reason to have confidence in the professionalism of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.”

The cameras will link to the new in-car systems. Simultaneous recording will begin when lights and sirens are activated in the vehicles.

DeWine says the camera systems better protect the troopers, aid in crime scene and accident documentation and support OSP’s transparency goals.

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