Beloit police to begin wearing body cameras

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BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR) - Beloit police say they want to be more transparent to the community they serve. Starting next month, officers will begin using body cameras following months of testing and community meetings.

The new technology is part of a Capital Improvement Plan which is meant to build trust between citizens and law enforcement. Officers say the cameras will continue to further enhance their safety and improve community relations.

"We are part of the community and the community is part of us. Building that trust and being able to show that level of transparency that we haven't been able to do before is really the key to bringing the cameras out on the street," City of Beloit Police Department Sergeant of Patrol Brian Daugherty.

Police Chief Dave Zibolski says a total of 59 body cameras will be issued by the end of Feb.

Footage captured by the cameras will be stored for up to 180 days.