Lynchburg PD puts 'duty to intervene,' body-camera adjustments into effect

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Published: Jun. 13, 2020 at 7:19 PM EDT
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The City of Lynchburg enacted changes this past week within the realms of police authority for use of force and body-worn camera systems, according to the city.

While officials are working to further develop reviews of Use of Force cases and complaints with the Lynchburg Community Policing Advisory Group (CPAG) into a more formal updated policy, a few measures were put into effect Wednesday, June 10. These will act as part of an operational memorandum until adequate written directives are constructed, according to the city..

According to Lynchburg PD, sworn employees must protect the public and other employees and have a

duty to intervene

outlined as follows:

"-It shall be the duty of every sworn employee present at any scene where physical force is being applied to either stop or attempt to stop another sworn employee when force is being inappropriately applied or is no longer required.

-It shall be the duty of every sworn employee who witnesses inappropriate action by another officer to report that inappropriate action as soon as possible."

A protocol for

body-worn camera systems

mandates that all sworn employees, to include specialty units, wear and activate their equipment anytime they interact with a member of the public

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