Body camera experts to meet with Metro leaders before program rolls out to police department

Posted at 8:15 AM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 09:44:05-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Metro police officers are getting closer to wearing body cameras on the job. Now, the city is getting some help from national experts to figure out how to execute the plan.

Six consultants will be speaking to Metro officials on Tuesday about how to roll out the body camera program. Mayor John Cooper wants their input before he can finally deploy the cameras throughout the police department.

Today's visit is part of a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice.

These experts come from various backgrounds, including law enforcement, science and public safety. All of them have extensive experience when it comes to implementing body cameras.

Mayor Cooper says the city needs their help to figure out how they'll share the videos with attorneys and the public, and they need help with uploading footage wirelessly.

The group of experts will also be here on Wednesday. Once finalized, Mayor Cooper says he hopes to have the first batch of body cameras out in March and the throughout the department by May.