The Chicago Police Department is set to receive over 450 body cameras this week as part of an expansion of the city's police body camera pilot program, officials announced Sunday.
A third of the city will be covered by the police body camera program, which kicked off in January 2015 in Chicago's Shakespeare District, once it is expanded to Austin, Wentworth, Deering, Ogden, South Chicago and Gresham.
"Once training is complete, the cameras will be worn by officers and supervisors on all three watches in seven police districts participating in the pilot program," reads a news release from the police department. "The cameras will be able to record audio and video, and save up to 72-hours on a single charge in high-definition."
Starting this week, Interim Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson intends to wear a body camera while on patrol, and his command staff have also been ordered to wear the devices.
"Body cameras are one tool that the police department uses to serve and protect the people of Chicago," Johnson said in a statement. "They play an important role in not just fighting crime, but also in learning from actual encounters with the public. In addition to wearing a body camera myself, I've asked my command staff to wear one as well to demonstrate our commitment to rebuilding trust with the residents we're sworn to serve."
The police department says it is working to upgrade its technological capabilities so that video from body cameras can be uploaded and stored after each shift.
"The department expects the first cameras to be online later this spring and rolling out to the all the six districts throughout the summer," the news release said.
By June 1, all Chicago responding police officers will also be equipped with a Taser, the department said.