Kentucky State Police to be Equipped with Body Cams for First Time in State History

The body cams are a part of Gov. Beshear's historic investment to increase public safety.

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(Frankfort, Ky.) – For the first time in the commonwealth’s history, the Kentucky State Police will be equipped with body-worn cameras.

The move to body cams is expected to increase officer safety and public trust.

On Friday at the training academy, KSP demonstrated the new integrated video recording system, which will be distributed to approximately 780 sworn personnel.

“These recording devices will provide protection to our troopers and officers by documenting exactly what happens during a situation,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “KSP is committed to being the best and to doing things right. I commend them for their transparency.”

In November 2021, Beshear announced his plans for a historic investment to improve public safety, which included $12.2 million for KSP to purchase the video recording system.

KSP selected the Motorola Integrated System, which includes a V300 body-worn camera, audio recording device and in-car video with high-definition cameras with the capability to record a forward dash view and the rear passenger compartment of the patrol vehicle.

Documenting trooper interactions in the field allows KSP leadership to investigate grievances against officers and can be used in refining techniques taught to cadets at the KSP academy.

“Public safety is fundamental to creating a better Kentucky for all of those who choose to call the commonwealth their home. These devices demonstrate to the public that reviews of law enforcement activity will be thorough and transparent, thereby strengthening public trust in law enforcement,” Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Kerry Harvey said.

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