Knoxville mayor says she will support body cameras for Knoxville police officers

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Mayor Indya Kincannon telling City Council Tuesday night that she is committed to providing Knoxville Police Officers with body-worn cameras.

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This coming after Mayor Kincannon reviewed a report from Knoxville Police Chief Eve Thomas, which was requested by the City Council when former Mayor Madeline Rogero was in office.

“I am committed to equipping all patrol officers with body-worn cameras. These cameras will help facilitate a better understanding of situations officers and the public find themselves in every day. Body-worn cameras will be another tool to help us in our mission to have more transparency and accountability.”

Mayor Indya Kincannon

The cost of the equipment and data management is around $1.7 million the first year. That figure includes 400 body cameras, cables, batteries, and a digital management application with unlimited data storage among other things. After the initial investment, it will be $600k to maintain each year after.

There will be rules with the cameras that officers must follow such as recording all contact with citizens and not intentionally turning off the camera once it is activated.

The mayor went on to say the city aims to get the cameras rolling by this summer.

“I hope to roll out body-worn cameras by July 1, 2020. We are seeking a contract with a qualified vendor and plan to incorporate the cost into next year’s budget.”

Mayor Kincannon

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