Officers of the Sylvania Township police department will have an additional piece of equipment to carry on patrol beginning later in 2022.

The department’s budget for 2022 shows an expenditure of $260,000 for body-worn cameras. It also notes that there will be a cost of $136,000 between 2023 and 2026, followed by a similar cycle beginning in 2027.

Police Chief Paul Long said the addition of body-worn cameras is not as simple as just making a purchase and putting it on an officer.

“There are a lot of considerations and expenses in training and it’s not enough that you capture a video image. You have to store it so it can be retrieved for any court cases or public record needs,” he said.

As an example, the chief said that if prosecutors need some video, “we can’t just locate it and send it. The department will have to first determine if there’s anything on it which could cause a problem. He noted that will be up to the department,    “For instance, if there’s a juvenile on the video, we’ll have to make it so the juvenile isn’t identifiable if that’s appropriate” he said.

Although there will be a number of steps to be taken within the department in terms of purchasing a system and training officers, Chief Long said he thinks body-worn cameras could be in use by officers toward the end of the second quarter of 2022.


Written by:  Mike Jones, Public Information Officer

Published:  December 9, 2021

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