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Tulane rolling out campus police body cameras

3 years 7 months 10 hours ago Monday, March 23 2015 Mar 23, 2015 March 23, 2015 10:39 AM March 23, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

NEW ORLEANS - Tulane University recently announced their campus police will be equipped with body cameras by the end of the month.

On Friday the university said by the end of March patrol officers on both the uptown and downtown campuses will be wearing Digital Ally body cameras.

Superintendent of Tulane Police Jon Barnwell said the program has been in the works since he took over the department in 2012.

"We are one of the first universities to begin using body cameras, and we've already had other universities and city police departments asking for copies of our policy governing their use," he said.

The university said they began putting the body cameras on the street in February when TUPD assisted the New Orleans Police Department with Mardi Gras parade patrols. This comes after a year of research and discussion which Barnwell said led them to purchase Digital Ally cameras because they durable, tamper-resistant, and worked with TUPD patrol car dash cameras.

Barnwell said the cameras will only be activated when officers are responding to calls and during "initiated interaction" with the general public.

"The goal is to have the cameras provide another layer of transparency and policy adherence in relation to quality control in delivering police services," he said.

IMAGE: Tulane University

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