“This is a necessary step in the right direction” PARC Director responds to KPD body cam arrival
PARC Director LaKenya Middlebrook responded to the first shipment of body camera equipment that arrived Monday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - PARC Director LaKenya Middlebrook responded to the first shipment of body camera equipment that arrived Monday for the Knoxville Police Department.
“We are hopeful that body-worn cameras will be an effective addition to the Knoxville Police Department. As we continually assess and re-imagine public safety, it is critical that we center accountability, transparency, trust and community needs in determining how our communities are served. Body-worn cameras provide an additional tool for the KPD to be accountable and transparent, which is necessary for building trust. Members of the community expressed the desire for body cams, and we are glad that the KPD and City of Knoxville were attentive and responsive to what many Knoxvillians have advocated for. We are anticipating a successful rollout and believe this is a necessary step in the right direction for community centered policing,” said Middlebrook.
The Knoxville Police Department said officers began body camera training Monday.
50 body cameras will initially be deployed into the field on a date that has not yet been announced, said KPD in a Tweet.
Police Chief Eve Thomas earlier this week announced the department had reached a deal with Axon Enterprise.
The department also received a shipment of in-car cameras that are now ready to be installed.
The cameras were initially set to be installed in summer 2020, but were delayed due to COVID-19.
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