Providence, RI– The Providence Police Department announces the implementation of body worn cameras (BWC’s) for all officers serving within the patrol bureau of the department.  Officers will begin training throughout the month of October and BWC’s will be fully operational in the field within 8-12 weeks from the start of training.

Axon 2 Body Worn Cameras are being utilized by the PPD to help contribute to officer safety, provide evidence for criminal prosecutions, assist in resolving citizen complaints and to foster positive relationships within the community. The privacy and safety of the Providence community will not in any way be compromised by the use of these cameras and requests for video related to police interaction will be screened within the perimeters of the RI Access to Public Records Act (APRA) set forth by the RI Department of Attorney General and also in cooperation with the Providence City Solicitor’s Office.

BWC’s will be worn directly on the officer’s uniform, in the center of their chest and in plain sight to the public. The camera is a square shape and officers will be required to activate their BWC’s when responding to most calls for service or official activities that occur during their scheduled tours of duty or detail assignments.

When officers respond to incidents where a reasonable expectation of privacy exists, for either the officer or a member of the public, officers will be generally prohibited from activating their camera or continuing to record.

“Body-worn cameras are an innovative tool that will enhance the community policing done in Providence,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “By becoming one of the first police departments in the region to implement them, we are ahead of the curve and once again leading the way in innovative policing.”

“The Providence Police Department is committed to enhancing the safety of our community and maintaining an atmosphere of transparency and trust,” said Colonel Clements. “These cameras will provide increased accountability for our officers as well as the community and serve as part of our strategic plan to maintain transparency with the public.”