UConn Police to Begin Wearing Body Cameras This Month

Police officers at the University of Connecticut will begin wearing body cameras this month.

The school announced on Friday that seven officers, including six officers at the Storrs campus and one at the UConn School of Law, are being equipped with the cameras for use during the spring semester.

Plans call for expanding that pilot program to comply with a state law that requires several agencies, including UConn, to have all officers wearing the devices by July 1.

Barbara O'Connor, the school's director of public safety and police chief, said the university already uses cameras in its cruisers and believes the body cameras will provide an extra level of transparency.

“Body cameras will augment our current program of in-car cameras and we look forward to implementing this technology,” O’Connor said in a statement.

The cameras will record all interactions with the public, and can be used to verify events and actions that may come into dispute, she said.

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