KSP to begin using body-worn cameras, system will be in all cruisers by end of year

January 21, 2023 | 12:07 am

Updated January 21, 2023 | 12:20 am

Photos from Kentucky State Police

For the first time in the commonwealth’s history, the Kentucky State Police will be equipped with body-worn cameras. The new integrated video recording system 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 first announced his plans for a historic investment to improve public safety, including allocating $12.2 million for KSP to purchase an integrated video recording system. In April 2022, the Governor signed legislation that funded the system.

KSP then evaluated available systems and conducted extensive testing, which included defensive tactics drills, firearms simulations, live fire trainings, and typical day-to-day trooper duties.

KSP selected the Motorola M500 Integrated System, which includes a V300 body-worn camera, audio recording device, and in-car video with high-definition cameras that will record a forward dash view and the rear passenger compartment of the patrol vehicle. The recorded video and audio are automatically uploaded to a virtual storage location, decreasing troopers’ time on administrative functions.

“When the Governor’s budget allocated funds for an integrated video system, we realized the need to carefully test and evaluate the best equipment for us,” said KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett Jr. “KSP plans to deploy the Motorola system in all cruisers by the end of 2023, beginning with newly issued cruisers first. Troopers assigned to those cruisers will receive the corresponding body-worn cameras at that time.”

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.

KSP will hire 28 civilian employees to assist in documentation, system maintenance, and archival of video footage captured through the integrated video recording system.

January 21, 2023 | 12:07 am

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