Implementation of police worn body camera pilot program in Warwick marks state’s progress towards larger goal

This is a file photo of a police worn body camera. (WLNE)

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — With the implementation of the police worn body camera pilot program in Warwick, Rhode Island continues to make progress towards having all officers across the state wear cameras.

ABC6 spoke with Ofc. Ryan Shibley, one of 16 officers taking part in the trial.

“Now more than ever. Not only law enforcement, but the general public, media, everybody, wants more accountability more transparency,” Ofc. Shibley said.

The Warwick Police Department said the cameras will be on the road 24 hours a day amongst multiple crews.

But how long will they be rolling?

“We won’t use it when we’re starting a shift going into Cumberland Farms and getting a coffee,” Ofc. Shibley said.

“We will use it if there is a type of disturbance or something then at that point we’ll activate the cam and start recording. It’s mainly for any police call or any act of duty we pursue.”

Warwick became the third city in the Ocean State to have officers wear body cameras, joining Providence and East Providence.

In June, Gov. Dan McKee announced the statewide initiative.

Over the next 12 to 18 months, Rhode Island will be able to equip about 1,700 officers and supervisors with cameras.

“This is the time if there is ever a time to connect our community with our policing this is the time to do it,” McKee said on June 16.

The program will cost about $3 million per year for the next five years. The funding will cover the cost of the cameras, as well as maintenance.

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