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Cost Concerns Delay LAPD's Roll Out of Body Cameras

April 18, 2016  | 

A $58-million plan to equip nearly every Los Angeles police officer with a body camera by the end of 2016 is being postponed due to cost.

The department doesn't expect to receive the remaining 7,000 body cameras until fall 2017, if not later, KABC TV reports.

However, Mayor Eric Garcetti says that's unacceptable and wants to outfit LAPD officers with cameras as soon as possible. City Councilman Mitch Englander says he plans to submit a formal proposal to the city council this week encouraging the LAPD to start the bidding process over.

Steve Soboroff, the Board of Police commissioner and a longtime advocate of the cameras, said city lawmakers are “horribly underestimating the ramifications” of delaying the program for what could be years.

"This is an unequivocal disaster for public safety in Los Angeles," Soboroff told the Associated Press.

City Hall has been scrutinizing the camera plan over the costs, with one council member saying he was experiencing "sticker shock" over the price tag of $57.6 million over five years.

 


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Nightstalker @ 4/18/2016 10:37 PM

I agree with you Percy on this one as there are to many Punk- ass cops or tough guys out there costing the city tons of money and NO I'm not a cop hater but in Law-Enforcement myself.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/18/2016 11:33 PM

percy, your "chicken and egg" problem falls apart at a closer look. $57.6 million is a whole lot of money, even for a large city like Los Angelos. I feel that whether they get the cameras or not, it won't make much of a difference. What proof exists to show that bodycams force "bad cops" to behave??? NONE. Its ridiculous to say that we need to place a camera on every cop to catch them making mistakes(or just doing their job) so the libs can say "see, the police are racist".

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