Saginaw police begin new dash cam policy - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw police begin new dash cam policy

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It's a video just about everyone has seen - dash cam video of the shooting of Milton Hall, the homeless man shot and killed by Saginaw police. The shooting brought to light failures in police dash cam equipment and its use during incidents.

Now the department is changing its policy regarding cameras in vehicles.

The former policy required officers to record all interactions with citizens, no matter how minor.

Under the new policy, officers will the use the dash cam for traffic stops, crimes in progress and vehicle pursuits.

Officials say the reason for the change was the process to upload all video took too long.

Now officers will turn on the camera when they believe a situation should be recorded.

These new changes may raise some eyebrows.

During the investigation into the shooting of Hall, when two of the three officers were disciplined, it was for not operating their dash cam equipment properly.

Some residents don't agree with the new policy. Still, officials believe it can be effective.

"Just from an efficiency standpoint, we want to record any event because we would like to show what transpired," said Lt. Paul Crane with the Saginaw Police Department. "We believe that's in the officers' best interest. It's going to help the officers in those situations, but again you have to make it so the system is working efficiency and actually take advantage of what it does."

Supervisors would also be required to review those recordings on a quarterly basis to ensure officers are doing what's required.

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