Portland Police plan to unveil body-worn cameras in June

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Patrolling Portland Police Bureau officers are scheduled to start wearing the department’s new body cameras in late June.

While PPB initially anticipated that it might unveil the body-worn cameras in April, Public Information Officer Terri Strauss told KOIN 6 News that the April timeline was only an estimate.

“The dates were always arbitrary and dependent on when we could get the equipment, how quickly we could build the infrastructure and get everyone trained,” Strauss said.

PPB body cameras were put into service for a 2-month test period, August 21, 2023 (KOIN)
FILE: PPB body cameras were put into service for a 2-month test period in August of 2023. (KOIN)

PPB tested out a 2-month pilot for the cameras in August of 2023, which involved 150 PPB officers. Following the pilot, the Portland City Council approved a $2.5 million contract for a full-scale program in November. The June date was first reported by Axios.

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In August of 2023, PPB anticipated that it could take the department a full year from the start of the pilot program to provide body cameras to all of its patrol officers. While the program officially begins in June, the department said that it will unveil the cameras in a piecemeal fashion.

PPB’s Tentative Schedule for the implementation of its officer-worn body cameras:

  • June 11-12, 2024: Initial course for trainers

  • June 17-21, 2024: Central Precinct refresher training and new personnel training

  • June 24-July, 2024: Central Precinct body-worn cameras go live

  • July 8-12, 2024:  East Precinct training

  • July 15-26, 2024: East Precinct body-worn cameras go live

  • July 29-August 2, 2024:  North Precinct training

  • August 5-16, 2024: North Precinct body-worn cameras go live

  • August 19-30, 2024: Remaining applicable divisions/units trained

  • TBD September 2024: Make up training

“Officers are very excited about the program and we want to get going,” Strauss said. “But for an agency our size, it has to be a very methodical roll-out.”

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