SEPTA police say complaints down 25% since body cams

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Complaints against SEPTA police decreased by 25 percent in the first six months of a body camera program, according to audit results released Monday by the department.


Injuries to officers decreased by 30 percent, injuries to suspects decreased by 20 percent, and resistance incidents decreased by 19 percent, according to the audit conducted by SEPTA police.

The department began outfitting all 250 officers – from beat cops to SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III – with body cams in January 2016 at a cost of about $400,000.





Of the more than 50,000 videos recorded by SEPTA police body cams through June 2016, nearly 14,000 were retained beyond the typical 90-day window for evidentiary, investigative, or training purposes, according to the audit.

Three transit police officers received formal discipline as a result of footage captured by their body-worn cameras, SEPTA police said.

A call to the Fraternal Order of Transit Police in Philadelphia for reaction to the audit was not immediately returned.





















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