Grand Rapids officers get first 20 body cameras

Posted at 4:17 PM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 16:42:31-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - 20 Grand Rapids police officers received their training on body cameras Thursday and they'll start wearing them on duty, tonight.

The officers received the Axon Body 2 camera by TASER International.  This is the first wave of body-worn cameras for Grand Rapids officers that will eventually include 298 cameras.  The city is spending $1.8 million on the gear.

The rest of the cameras should arrive in Grand Rapids in February.

The cameras automatically activate when the lights and siren are activated and they vibrate to alert the officer when they are recording.