City of Grand Rapids Plans to Implement Body Cameras

The City of Grand Rapids approved a plan yesterday to equip Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) officers with body cameras.

According to news reports, the City will spend at least $1.5 million dollars on the program. It will begin with the development of a policy for the cameras’ use in early March, followed by testing phase where the GRPD will test multiple cameras from different manufacturers. The full implementation is scheduled to begin in December of 2015.

These cameras will add a new layer of surveillance in Grand Rapids, joining the stationary cameras documented on this site and the license plate scanners used by the police.