The Frederick Police Department moved forward with the planned expansion of its body-worn camera program this past weekend on August 1, 2020. The Department first implemented the use of body-worn cameras in 2016 with the issuance of 18 devices to patrol division officers. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved funding to expand the program during the Fiscal Year 2020 budget process to include 70 additional devices.
The expansion of this program will equip all uniformed patrol division officers, supervisors, and patrol division commanders with body-worn cameras. In addition, uniformed officers assigned to the Directed Patrol Unit will also be equipped with body-worn cameras, bringing a total of eight-five devices into operation.
"Combining technology with philosophies of community policing is a sound step as we emphasize trust and positive relationships between law enforcement officers and our community," said Mayor O’Connor. "I am proud we are moving forward with this expansion as we remain focused on increasing transparency and strengthening safety in The City of Frederick."
Frederick Police Acting Chief Patrick Grossman stated, "The Department is excited to expand the issuance of these devices to further demonstrate the Department’s commitment to accountability and transparency. In addition, additional images of evidentiary value collected through the use of these devices will assist with adjudication of criminal investigations in partnership with the Frederick County State’s Attorney Office."
For more information regarding the Frederick Police Department’s policy, about body-worn cameras can be found in General Order 385.