Police: No use of force complaints since body cam program started

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GREENBURGH -

While a deadly police-involved shooting in Minneapolis has sparked a debate about how body cameras are being used, one Westchester police department says it is happy with its current body camera program.

The Minneapolis Police Department is currently coming under fire after a woman who reported a possible assault outside her home was shot and killed by an officer who was wearing a body camera but didn't turn it on.

In Greenburgh, all police officers are equipped with a body camera. The officers activate the camera when they respond to any enforcement-related activity, such as serving papers.

Greenburgh Police Department Chief Christopher McNerney says that there has not been one use of force complaint since the program started last year. However, he says there is still a learning curve with the cameras.

"I understand that some officers may forget to from time to time to put the camera on when they arrive at a scene.. it happens,” he says.

While Greenburgh police officials are happy with the current body cameras, they are already looking a few years ahead to replace them with cameras that automatically turn on.

Most people in Greenburgh say they support the police department's use of the body cameras.

Departments in White Plains, Ossining and Peekskill also use body cameras. 

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