Toledo Police unveil new body cameras

The Toledo Police Department unveiled new body cameras at a news conference yesterday afternoon. The department previously announced the purchase of 43 cameras, and storage for their 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM shift at the Central District Station.

Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson praised Chief George Kral for implementing the body cameras within the Toledo Police Department and providing transparency and safety for officers and citizens. "We care not only in protecting our officers but also protecting our community members," said Mayor Hicks-Hudson.

Chief George Kral detailed that these cameras would be turned on during traffic stops, investigative stops of suspects, and pursuits. “From the traffic stop, to where the officers approach and speak to the individuals with their body cameras, to the interviews and interrogations,” Chief Kral said. “And it can all be presented very professionally to the prosecutors and the judge.” This will allow investigators to have a detailed video recording of a case, from the in car camera, and the body cameras to package along with any investigation.

Chief George Kral’s goal is to have the entire Toledo Police Department outfitted with body cameras within two years.

Posted by Stacy Weber on Tuesday, September 29, 2015.