MPD’s body camera pilot study receives positive feedback

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The Maui Police Department has wrapped up its trial on body-worn cameras.

The one-month study began on Monday, April 6, and involved Axon Body and Axon Flex cameras by Taser International.

Axon Body is an on-body camera while Axon Flex is a wearable camera that can be mounted on many things, like sunglasses and helmets.

On Monday, June 22, the department said that the study met with positive feedback from the 10 volunteer officers who were involved with regards to ease of use, durability, quality of audio/video and connectivity/software of the tested equipment.

No other feedback was solicited.

Officials say the results of the study will help the department decide whether or not to use this technology in the future, and they will continue to research alternative body-worn camera vendors, feasibility issues and funding resources.

Police chiefs in Hawaii and Kauai counties have already expressed their support for body-worn cameras.

This past legislative session, lawmakers considered but did not advance a bill that would set aside money for a similar program at the Honolulu Police Department.

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