West Chester police chief to give body cameras recommendation

Pictured is a type of police body camera. West Chester Twp. budgeted $125,000 for the cameras this year, but has yet to implement them. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

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Pictured is a type of police body camera. West Chester Twp. budgeted $125,000 for the cameras this year, but has yet to implement them. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

West Chester Twp. Police Chief Joel Herzog is expected tonight to give his recommendation on whether or not officers should use body cameras.

The township budgeted $125,000 for the cameras this year, but has yet to implement them.

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Herzog said previously he has proceeded slowly on the implementation, waiting to see how courts rule on issues concerning enforcement and public records.

West Chester Trustee Mark Welch, however, previously told this news outlet that the cameras were a definite go.

“This is an approved expenditure for 2017…,” Welch said. “It is going to happen, this is budgeted and this is something that we feel that we need for everyone for safety. Not only for the police officers, but the residents and the thousands of people that come into West Chester every day to work.”

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The regular meeting of West Chester Twp. trustees begins at 6 p.m. today, Sept. 12, at Township Hall, 9113 Cincinnati Dayton Road.

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