Police: More body cam­eras, fewer in­juries and com­plaints

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PHILADEL­PHIA | The Philadel­phia area’s ma­jor tran­sit sys­tem said an

au­dit of its police body cam­era pro­gram found a re­duc­tion in in­juries and com­plaints stem­ming from of­fi­cers’ in­ter­ac­tions with the pub­lic.

The South­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity au­dit looked at the first six months of the body-worn cam­era pro­gram, un­der which the agency’s ap­prox­i­mately 250 police of­fi­cers be­gan wear­ing the equip­ment in Jan­uary 2016.

The re­port noted a 19 per­cent de­crease in “re­sponse to re­sis­tance” in­ci­dents, a 20 per­cent de­crease in sus­pect in­juries, a 30 per­cent de­crease in of­fi­cer in­juries and a 25 per­cent de­crease in com­plaints against of­fi­cers.

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