Honolulu police test where on body to put cameras

Published: Jul. 19, 2016 at 9:07 AM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - The Honolulu Police Department is testing out body cameras on officers as it prepares to launch a pilot program for the devices by the end of the year.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Maj. Andrew Lum says the department has been testing different vantage points by placing cameras on officers at eye, shoulder and chest levels. The testing also includes putting the camera-equipped officers into different scenarios and analyzing the recordings to detect obstructions and measure visibility.

Lum says the department's pilot project, which will allow officers to wear the devices on their patrols, could begin in November. It's expected to last three to six months.

HPD will then determine whether to adopt the technology.

Police departments in Kauai, Maui and the Big Island have already implemented or tested body cameras.

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