The Chicago Police Department plans to expand body-worn cameras to all police districts by 2018.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson made the announcement Sunday.
"Since becoming superintendent I have pledged to rebuild public trust and accountability," Johnson said in a statement. "Body-worn cameras provide a rare glimpse into the dangerous situations Chicago police officers face every day in an effort to keep our communities safe. They will also assist in our efforts to provide better training and community relations in all of the diverse neighborhoods we serve. This expansion is a win-win for the public and for officers."
In January 2015, the CPD launched a body camera pilot program in the Northwest Side's Shakespeare District. The department expanded the pilot program to six additional police districts this year. CPD officials said the initial body camera pilot program is now complete.
"By the end of 2018, the cameras (Taser Axon brand), will be distributed to police districts throughout the city to be worn by officers on patrol," reads a CPD news release. "In addition to the cameras, CPD will make investments in system-wide technology and structural upgrades in each police district building to accommodate the hosting needs of the cameras."