Philly Police Are Piloting Body-Worn Cameras

Body camera worn by a SEPTA Transit Police officer. Photo by Joshua Albert

Body camera worn by a SEPTA Transit Police officer. Photo by Joshua Albert

By Kenneth Lipp

The Philadelphia Police Department has confirmed that they are testing officer-worn body cameras on a limited basis. Chris Norris quotes Kelvyn Anderson, Executive Director of the Police Advisory Commission (a civilian oversight agency), for PhillyinFocus, who says, “I believe they’re just being tested in the 22nd police district.”

The Declaration reported previously on a pilot test of body-worn cameras being conducted by the SEPTA transit police, and are seeking more details about the results of that pilot as well as on this recent move by the Philadelphia Police Department.

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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