New police body cameras to restore “high comfort level” for Peoria

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Body cameras for Peoria Police officers has been at the forefront of conversation.

Tuesday the Peoria Police Department plans on signing a contract to obtain body cameras and someone to store the footage as well.  

“We’re getting into a new generation of ways to communicate with the community,” Mayor Jim Ardis said. “Those body cameras will be available and I think everybody will have a high comfort level that everything the police do will be monitored, on camera, and it also protects the police officers as well.”

So far this year, there have been three officer involved shootings.

Currently, the PPD has 7 officers equipped with body cams. 

With more than 200 officers on the force, the mayor says that this is an important step in public safety. 

“We’re getting into a new generation of ways to communicate with the community,” Ardis said. “Those body cameras will be available and I think everybody will have a high comfort level that everything the police do will be monitored, on camera, and it also protects the police officers as well.”

The department will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. 

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