BLUE ASH, Ohio (WXIX) — Patrol stations on the Ohio State Highway are beginning to be equipped with body cameras thanks to a $15 million investment.

On Tuesday, the OSHP District of Wilmington got its turn to equip itself with new dash cams, rear seat cams and body cameras.

“Today we are setting up our body camera, dashcam, the whole system is set up here at the station,” said Sgt. Ryan Purpura explained.

Fourteen cruisers at Blue Ash Post are now receiving the new gear, and a new group of cruisers will be installed each day until every cruiser has the new gear.

The Blue Ash substation upgrade is part of the statewide program announced last month by Gov. Mike DeWine.

Body cameras aren’t new to law enforcement, but this new one has an updated feature that should eliminate situations where an officer may forget to turn on their camera.

“What happens first is when the soldier activates his dome lights, the dash cam comes on,” said Sgt. Purpura. “When they open their door, the body camera kicks in, and then all that interaction with the person they arrested is picked up by the body camera.”

The same goes for the rear camera.

As soon as an officer opens the back door, the recording begins.

DeWine says the camera systems better protect soldiers, help document crime and accident scenes, and support OSP’s transparency goals.

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