Body Cameras

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Transit Police are close to having all officers equipped with body cameras, as the force deals with an avalanche of recorded images.

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The Erie County Legislature has unanimously approved a five-year body camera program for the Erie County Sheriff's Office.

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Funding for body-worn cameras has been delivered to some local police departments.

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Body cameras for Erie County deputy sheriffs are moving closer to reality, with bids in Wednesday to supply the cameras and the computer capacity to make the system work.

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The drums rolled out, the Irish dancers danced and there were even a couple St. Patricks. What was different was that every uniformed Buffalo Police officer providing security for the parade wore a body camera, a first for a department gradually converting to all patrol officers wearing the cameras.

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Buffalo Police officers will soon add body cameras to their standard. But on the same day the Common Council’s Legislation Committee gave final approval for the contract to purchase them, the department posted its policy for their use. Some complain there was no chance for public interaction with police leaders before the rules were released.

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For outgoing Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace, he is leaving behind a very high-tech department with an array of cameras recording official encounters with citizens. The department is the largest police agency of several in the county whose officers are equipped with body cameras.

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Buffalo's Common Council slapped down the Brown administration Wednesday and refused immediate passage of a contract to provide body cameras for police officers. Members bounced the proposed contract to next Wednesday's Legislation Committee meeting.

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Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard sat before the Erie County Legislature's Public Safety Committee Thursday morning, telling lawmakers while he appreciates the value of body cameras for his deputies, his department currently has other financial priorities.

 

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With Buffalo Police to start wearing body cameras next month, there is a lot of public skepticism about the rules for using the cameras. That was apparent at a community meeting held at the Frank E. Merriweather Library Wednesday night.

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A man arrested at a Buffalo Bills game last December is pursuing legal action, months after an Erie County Sheriff Deputy's body cam video cleared him of alleged wrongdoing outside New Era Field. Now, the Erie County District Attorney is questioning whether the deputies should be further scrutinized.


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Buffalo Police are now developing a draft of their policy for officers' use of body cameras. An advocate for open government is urging police officials to be open about the process and to let the public have a say. A police official tells WBFO the public will get a chance to hear more, while also assuring citizens that the system they're adopting will be responsible.


In a decision that could have implications across the state, an appeals court is blocking the release of New York City police body camera footage at least until it hears arguments in November.

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While many were wearing green during Sunday's St. Patrick Day parade, 26 patrol officers from Buffalo's B District were wearing body cameras for the first time, with mixed results according to the department.

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Buffalo has a new police commissioner, with the Common Council unanimously approving and then swearing in Byron Lockwood for the department's top job. Lockwood replaces Daniel Derenda, who retired to take a private-sector post.

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At least a dozen Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies have been testing out body cameras while on patrol. If the county decides to support broader use, it wouldn’t be mandatory.


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An interim police commissioner, technology and two separate probes of deaths in confrontations with Buffalo police officers are leading to significant changes in the way officers and the public meet.

Having police officers wear little cameras seems to have no discernible impact on citizen complaints or officers' use of force, at least in the nation's capital.

That's the conclusion of a study performed as Washington, D.C., rolled out its huge camera program. The city has one of the largest forces in the country, with some 2,600 officers now wearing cameras on their collars or shirts.

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The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is adding another set of eyes to the streets as its patrol officers take part in a 60 day trial of body cameras. While Deputies will weigh the pros and cons of the cameras themselves, department officials are already considering other factors.


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Crime remains a big issue in Buffalo's mayoral campaign, with violence not going away. Wednesday night at the Merriweather Library, Mayoral Candidate and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant held one of her town hall meetings - this time on body and dash cameras, red light cameras and police checkpoints.

The City of Tonawanda Police Department is the latest local agency equipping its officers with body cameras.

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This week, public radio newsrooms in upstate New York are exploring crime on college campuses. Today, Tom Magnarelli takes a look at one central New York university that's now using one of the newest and most popular tools of law enforcement: body cameras.


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More Niagara Falls police officers will soon be wearing a body camera.

This month, some police officers in Toronto began wearing body cameras. The controversial pilot program has been in the works for more than a year.

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Late in January, patrol police officers in the city of Niagara Falls should be wearing cameras on the streets, after the City Council voted Monday night to buy 48 of the cameras.

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The Niagara Falls City Council will decide on Monday whether or not body cameras will be purchased for the city's police force.

A pilot project is set to begin for police in Toronto. Advocates say body cameras could improve police accountability and reduce the use of force.

Police forces in the U-S, Britain and Canada have experimented with the use of body worn video cameras.  And they have the support of civil libertarians.  Now, police in Toronto will roll out a pilot project this year to test the use of body worn cameras on all front-line officers.