On the heels of a Federal lawsuit against the Annapolis Police Department alleging unlawful detention, assault and racial slurs by an officer, Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides and Police Chief Michael Pristoop announce that Annapolis Police will implement a body-worn camera (BWC) pilot program for officers in the Department.
Chief Pristoop, who advocated for a BWC program for his officers, had earlier this year informed the Mayor and City Council of matters relating to a BWC program. The Mayor fully supports this initiative.
“This is another positive step our Police Department is taking to continue building trust within our community,” said Mayor Pantelides. “Police departments throughout the United States are embracing this technology and finding it successful. Annapolis can expect the same positive outcomes.”
The Police Department has had preliminary discussions with BWC companies and plans to outfit several police officers with camera equipment as soon as possible. The Department will provide the Mayor with expected timelines for implementing a BWC program.
“Body-worn cameras benefit officers and the community all at once,” said Chief Michael Pristoop. “They provide not only another tool for transparency, but help to safeguard everybody including our officers as we pursue our duty serving Annapolis. A test and evaluation period is critical in implementing a BWC program.”