Police in Central Kentucky Testing Body Cameras

December 15, 2014

Police agencies around central Kentucky are gearing up to equip their officers with body cameras.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Berea police already use them, and Richmond is in the midst of a trial. University of Kentucky police are finishing a trial of different models. Versailles will test the cameras next month. And Lexington and Louisville also are expected to test them soon.

Since the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and the protests that followed, there has been an increased call for police accountability. President Obama has proposed reimbursing communities half the cost of buying cameras and storing video.

Berea Police Capt. Ken Clark said that department has used cameras since 2009. He says they let taxpayers know that police want to be open and transparent.

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