SEPTA police officers now wear body cameras

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SEPTA police officers will now be wearing body cameras while out on patrol throughout the city's transit system. (WPVI)

SEPTA police officers will now be wearing body cameras while out on patrol throughout the city's transit system.

It's a $400,000 initiative that began at the start of this new year.

SEPTA ran a six-month pilot program last year, which involved officers testing out 10 different models.

SEPTA police chief Thomas Nestel showed off the new technology on Friday, and also showed off footage captured on these cameras by officers on routine patrol.

Nestel says the goal is transparency and calls the cameras a "tool to get to the truth" for both the police and the public.

"This is going to be very good for the public and the police. I would like to say that
cameras are going to make good cops great cops, and make the rest of them follow the rules," Nestle said.

He adds that it will take time for officers to get used to the guidelines on when they should activate those cameras.

Nestel says the basic rule is that it should be turned on while responding to radio calls, and during all interactions with people while on patrol.
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