HPD: Deployment of body cameras to all officers ahead of schedule

HPD: Deployment of body cameras to all officers ahead of schedule
An example of a body camera being worn by Honolulu police officers.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Police Department said Thursday that it was making plans to speed up the implementation of body cameras on the remainder of its police officers after the success of initial field tests.

In an update for members of the Honolulu City Council, police executives said the cameras and the video storage system they utilize had proven easier to use than expected.

Major Rade Vanic told council members that the first 200 cameras had generated about 2,700 separate video clips, including 18,000 hours of video that required 620 gigabytes of storage.

About 20 percent of those videos have been included as evidence in criminal cases, Vanic said.

The department has received only about a dozen requests from the public to see video, officials said, noting they’ve heard that other departments have been overwhelmed with such requests.

Vanic said Police Chief Susan Ballard has instructed the department to have every patrol and support officer equipped with body cameras by the end of this year, eight months sooner than the August 2020 date that was originally scheduled.

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