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LAPD Begins Testing On-Body Cameras

September 20, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of TASER.
Photo courtesy of TASER.
Los Angeles Police officers will begin testing on-body video systems after a new police commissioner and city councilman said the systems would lower the city's payouts to settle use-of-force lawsuits.

The LAPD is expected to test the systems for three months before implementing mandatory camera use by field officers. Use of on-body video is now in limited use in the agency. Using it is optional and LAPD officers must purchase their own cameras.

The cameras could be implemented quickly, once the agency establishes procedures for their use and addresses privacy concerns when officers enter residences, Police Commission President Steve Soboroff told the Los Angeles Daily News.

For the testing period, the LAPD will acquire 25 TASER Axon Flex cameras. In the meantime, Soboroff hopes to raise enough money from private donors to pay for the 500 cameras, warranties, and cloud storage space for the data. It would cost the city about $1 million.

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frank @ 9/23/2013 5:01 PM

Officers buy their own??? Are you joking!!That would lead to some really difficult situations... I can see it now.. so you LAPD Admin..want to tell me how to use my own equiptment.. I purchased ... You tube will be loaded!!! Come on..

Henry Johnson @ 9/23/2013 7:31 PM

Frank, officers buy their own cameras because at is not implemented with the department at this time. When the program is implemented, the city of Los Angeles with purchase the department approved system and create a policy about the use.
I do not care for this sytem that is depicted in this article. It appears too bulky.

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