Body cams implemented at GJPD

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - People have been calling for police accountability after several high-profile civilian deaths nationwide.

That's why GJPD has recently implemented body cams for their officers.

The body cams will be an important tool in training as well as in the protection of law enforcement. The cameras link to a software that allows the footage to be accessed from anywhere by law enforcement. The software and the cameras are costing GJPD a hundred thousand dollars a year, but Chief of Police Doug Shoemaker thinks it’s a worthy investment in keeping Grand Junction safe.

“There are instances where sometimes people may feel as if a police officer did something wrong and sometimes we run into challenges, but that’s not actually how it works. The body cameras are really to protect the officers to give the public their perspective as to what took place,” says GJPD Chief of Police Doug Shoemaker.

These body cams will be worn by all uniformed GJPD officers interacting with the public.