The Indiana State Police is well underway with the process of issuing body-worn and in-car cameras to its troopers across the state.
It’s a process that started in early June and is expected to take until late August to complete, according to a news release from Capt. Ron Galaviz, chief public information officer for ISP.
In August 2020, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb mandated ISP would adopt and implement a body-worn camera system by the spring of 2021.
Since the governor’s announcement, extensive research and testing have been conducted to ensure the system implemented would best meet the needs of ISP, Galaviz said.
In all, nearly 800 body-worn camera systems, which also will include and work in tandem with in-car cameras, will be put into the field for uniform troopers and sergeants assigned to patrol duties, capitol police officers and specific special operations units.
So far, more than 230 body-worn and in-car camera systems have been deployed into the field.
“This process was focused on selecting the very best product and system for not only the department but for troopers in the field that work in both urban and rural areas,” ISP Superintendent Doug Carter said.
The system utilizes a router that is installed in the vehicle, which allows for more accessibility and connectivity in areas of the state where cellphone coverage is not always optimal.
The cost associated with this project is approximately $15 million over a period of five years.
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To view the Indiana State Police policy governing body-worn cameras, visit in.gov/isp/files/ENF-010%20LERD.pdf.