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Details Revealed on New Binghamton Police Body Cameras

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By the end of January, every Binghamton police officer will be wearing body cameras while on duty.

“We are literally entering a new era of transparency and accountability for the Binghamton Police Department,” said Binghamton Mayor Rich David.

Officers say that these devices will help to build trust within the community and the department.

“The fact that people are constantly being recorded, like what they said to the officer; they can’t lie about stuff. And it just makes things a lot more simple on everybody I think,” said Binghamton Resident Dan Costanzo.

“You can’t deny video evidence, so I think it’s a good tool,” said Binghamton Police Officer Brad Kaczynski.

Officials say because the video recordings protect an officer under law, public request for video footage through the Freedom of Information Law will need to be handled through the DA’s office and court order.

“Until this FOIL question gets answered, we’re going to err on the safe side that officers rights are protected in the case of discipline that we can’t release it under the Civil Rights Law Section 58,” said Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski.

There are some exceptions as to when it will be used. These include encounters with undercover officers, victims of sexual assault, and situations involving protected health information.

Currently six of these cameras have been phased in. Six to 12 will be added into use by the department each week until all 93 are running.

Officers will download their footage on charging docks at the end of their shift. The City has five years of unlimited cloud-based data storage for the video.

The cameras cost nearly half a million dollars.