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Wellington County OPP outfitting officers with body cameras

Two members are currently wearing the devices, with roll out to all officers planned over the next two years
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Body cameras like this are in the Wellington County OPP's future.

Wellington County OPP will be outfitting all officers with body worn cameras over the next two years. 

In a report to Tuesday's Wellington County Police Services Board, the OPP said two Emergency Response Team members are currently wearing the devices, with roll out to all members planned over the next two years. 

Officers wearing the cameras will be required to inform the public they are being recorded, the report said. 

"The technology is expected to greatly contribute to transparency, accountability and safety," it continued. 

The body worn camera technology includes artificial intelligence that allows police to blur or scrub out members of the public that may be walking by an incident. 

"This will allow for privacy and members of the public will not feel as though they were being recorded without their permission. Only persons involved in a criminal incident will be on the BWC footage once it has been vetted," the report said. 

The new cameras will also allow police to take audio/video victim and witness statements at the time of an incident, which can be transcribed automatically through the technology.