LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The mayor of Bardstown has suspended the use of body cameras temporarily.
Mayor John Royalty signed an executive order suspending the use of the cameras effective July 27 until a proper study is completed.
He cites malfunctioning cameras that are not storing footage in chronological order and former Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin purchasing the cameras “with no regard of quality.”
According to Mayor Royalty, Judge Charles Simms put out an opinion saying the cameras should store information in chronological order to be more efficient.
Mayor Royalty says the police department is currently in the process of performing a proper study and so far the city has found the right cameras will cost $65,000 to $95,000.
He says he’s a firm believer in cameras and wants to ensure police transparency. The mayor made it clear that he wants the cameras to return.
Mayor Royalty did make it clear that footage from July 26 back to 2015 will be available and maintained as it has been in the past.