APD launches use of new body camera system

Published 1:00 pm Sunday, October 22, 2023

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The Andalusia Police Department on Wednesday deployed 35 new body cams to its officers.

Sgt. Mike Hayden reviews features of the new cameras with Officer Kody Taylor. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Chief Paul Hudson said the new cameras are Axon Body 3 cameras, which have features that are becoming an industry standard. In addition to the traditional use, the newer cameras sync with other body cams, giving investigators the potential to simultaneously review multiple camera angles at a crime scene.

“We’d like to thank the mayor and council for agreeing in August to this purchase,” Chief Hudson said. “These cameras are helpful not only in investigations, but also for training.”

The accompanying software makes it easier to transcribe records, and to redact portions of interviews when necessary for courtroom presentations.

After the cameras were issued on Wednesday, officers also spent time in a training session to learn more about the new features.

The APD is the first department in the county to use the new technology. Axon also is the company that provides tasers for the APD.