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Vermont State troopers begin using body cameras

Published: Nov. 23, 2020 at 1:45 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2020 at 6:01 AM EST
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WATERBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - Troopers with the Vermont State Police are now wearing body cameras. State police say it is an effort years in the making.

The cameras have been rolled out over the last two weeks.

State police expect all 200 uniformed troopers to wear cameras by early December.

Troopers are required to activate the cameras when they are performing any law enforcement-related activity.

“Car stops, criminal investigations, interviews, pretty much anything that could be associated with court,” Vt. State Police Capt. Michael Manley said.

The cameras can only be turned off when a suspect is speaking with an attorney or if a trooper is talking to a supervisor. But the trooper must verbally state their reasoning for turning off the camera so it’s on record.

All the video is required to stay in the system for at least 6 months -- unless it’s deemed unnecessary.

“We think this is a good thing for the state police. It’s going to help us in our investigations, increase transparency. It’s nothing but a good thing for troopers to get these devices,” said Capt. Michael Manley.

Your access to the video is governed by the Vermont Public Records Act.

There are a number of reasons police can deny that request too, including if it’s connected to an active investigation.

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