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Overland Park police to begin using body cameras next week

Council approved technology in July
Posted: 10:33 AM, Nov 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-15 11:33:25-05
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Overland Park police officers will begin wearing body cameras next week after city leaders approved the technology earlier this year.

Police Chief Frank Donchez said in a tweet the department will deploy the body-worn cameras on Monday.

“Looking forward to providing another level of transparency and accountability,” Donchez said.

In July, the Overland Park City Council approved spending no more than $430,000 on the technology, enough to cover around 200 cameras. All uniformed officers and some detectives will wear the cameras.

The police department already utilized in-car and interview cameras. The new body cameras will sync with those, Donchez told 41 Action News previously.

Overland Park will join several other police departments in the Kansas City metro that have implemented body-worn cameras for officers, including Lenexa, Grandview and Kansas City, Kansas.