Sixteen Winchester Police officers are now equipped with body-worn cameras after completing the required training. Every two months, additional personnel will be trained until the program outfits approximately 70 officers, who are from the rank of Police Officer I to Lieutenant.
“The Winchester Police Department is poised to increase community confidence through transparency and accountability, and these cameras will help shine a light on the great work of the men and women of this department,” stated Chief John Piper. Officers are welcoming the body-worn cameras, as they provide critical evidence in the prosecution of their arrests and enhance officer safety.
The body-worn camera policy is available to the public online. Further information about the program may also be obtained by watching Chief Piper’s episode of the City’s news show, publiCITY.