By next year, the goal is to have 1,200 officers wearing the cameras while on the streets. According to the policy, cameras will not be recording all the time.
Officers will turn off the cameras when they face situations like when they’re talking to sexual assault victims. They also have the option to turn them off when they’re doing traffic control for a fire, crime scene, or a crash. Also, witnesses can request the officer stop recording before giving a statement.
Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski said, “It’s going to protect the police, it’s going to protect the residents, it’s going to save taxpayer money in the long run. It’s just one of those initiatives that’s a winner all the way around. I really don’t see any downside to this whatsoever.”