A Look Into Police Body-Worn Cameras

KENT, Ohio — How would you feel if the officer that pulled you over approached you wearing a camera attached to his or her chest? Some of you would feel safer; the officer is being held accountable for his or her actions when in contact with you. Others may feel the opposite, feeling their right to privacy is being invaded.  These are only a few of the very valid points on both sides of the argument around police police body-worn (BWCs). It is important for patrons and officers alike to understand both sides of the argument regarding police BWCs when forming an opinion about them, especially since the Kent police

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How the City of Kent Deals With Graffiti

by Justin McKinney and Jacob Runnels   When you think of Kent, what are the most eye-grabbing attractions that help define the city?   For some, it could be the walkways in Brady’s Leap Park or the mural under the bridge in the Haymaker Farmers’ Market while for others, it could be the graffiti in Kent, such as on the wall under the Franklin Mills Riveredge Park bridge, below the Pufferbelly restaurant. There’s graffiti in many parts of the town, but as to whom will clean it up is determined by who owns the property.   “The ordinances say that if you can see it from the public… and it’s on

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College Avenue houses prepped for demolition

By Emily Mills and Allie Johnson Several properties on East College Avenue, South Depeyster Street and Tonkin Court are being readied for demolition in preparation of the construction of the new home of the Kent Police Department. Property acquisition City officials have been working to acquire 16 structures and two parcels of land since 2014. The structures include 15 houses, most of which were former student housing, and one church, the Church of Christ. The city successfully purchased the 15 houses on East College Avenue, South Depeyster Street and Tonkin Court and two parcels of land — one triangle property on the north side owned by the Kent State Board

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Body cameras a possibility for local police departments

By: Kimberleigh Anderson and Melissa Puppo More police departments could be purchasing body cameras after law enforcement agencies around the nation were awarded a recent U.S. Justice Department grant. The Akron Police Department is one of two law enforcement agencies in Ohio who received the grant. They now join other northeastern Ohio departments who have body cameras, including Cleveland, Aurora and Twinsburg. Akron was awarded $367,478 to purchase future equipment. More than $23 million in funding for body cameras were awarded to support law enforcement agencies in 32 states as part of its body-worn camera pilot plan — ‘a law enforcement strategy aimed at improving public safety, reducing crime, and improving public trust

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Body cameras a possibility for local police departments

More police departments could be purchasing body cameras after law enforcement agencies around the nation were awarded a recent U.S. Justice Department grant. The Akron Police Department is one of two law enforcement agencies in Ohio who received the grant. They now join other northeastern Ohio departments who have body cameras, including Cleveland, Aurora and Twinsburg.   Kimberleigh Anderson visited the Akron department to try out one of the cameras.

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Police departments send sexual assault kits for testing

By Emily Mills and Allie Johnson The Kent City Police Department and Kent State Police Department submitted their untested sexual assault kits to Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation for DNA testing. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine required all Ohio law enforcement agencies to submit the kits after Senate Bill 316 went into effect in March of this year. The bill requires law enforcement agencies to submit all of their untested kits up to March 23, 2015. Any kits collected after March 23 and any future kits must be submitted to BCI within 30 days of collection. Attorney general’s initiative DeWine has always been passionate about testing sexual assault kits, said Jill Del Greco,

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Kent State police training ensures safety on campus

By Elizabeth Randolph and Raymond Allan Universities across the nation are required to create annual reports as part of the Jeanne Clery Act. Reports are posted on the universities’ public safety websites and are available in the respective police departments. According to these reports, Kent State is considered one of the safest campuses in Ohio with minimal crimes happening on campus. The University of Cincinnati is considered one of the worst campuses in terms of security. This past summer, a man named Samuel Dubose was shot to death by former UC police officer Ray Tensing. The case instantly made headlines as being one of the many instances of gun violence

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Emergency phones on campus affected by changes in technology

By Elizabeth Randolph and Jonathan Huntsman When junior fashion merchandising major Shannon Green walks around campus, she rarely notices her many surroundings. “I know that I can be the type of person that just goes and focuses on the next direction,” she said. A feature on campus that Green said she’s never noticed is the abundance of emergency blue light phones on campus. The phones are scattered around campus and are lit at night for people who may find themselves in danger. Sgt. Michquel Penn is a Kent State police officer and former community resource officer. Penn said that even though there are approximately 42 phones on Kent State’s campus,

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Boarding Houses Affect the City of Kent

Story by Julia Adkins Video by Aja Phillips Boarding Houses from Aja Phillips on Vimeo.   As the number of students attending Kent State grows, so does the need for student housing. And while the city of Kent has many different options for students, some of them are becoming illegal. Boarding houses can be found in different places around the city, mainly near campus. But some of these boarding houses are not licensed. And some community members have made complaints to the Kent Zoning Board because they are worried that the city might become taken over by rentals. What is a boarding house & how can you own one? According

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New police station marks end of an era on College Avenue

By: Danielle Hess With unsuitable jail accommodations and the wear and tear of time, the Kent Police Department is set to begin the construction of a new facility, to be located on East College Street, in August 2015. Eugene Roberts, public service director for the city, said the building itself would cost around $10 million, and building demolitions of existing structures, site acquisitions, environmental documents and the design of the new department would cost $7 million. Seventeen residential structures will be demolished to make room for the new police department. Roberts said East College Street was number two in the ranking for the best location. End of an Era Video

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