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LAPD's Patrol Car Video Plan Hits Snag

February 03, 2010  | 

A plan to add video cameras to the Los Angeles Police Department's 1,200-vehicle patrol car fleet has been delayed because of problems integrating the cameras with the in-car computers, command staff has told city leaders, the Daily News reports.

During a City Council briefing, Chief Charlie Beck said he wants the cameras operational as soon as possible.

However, Maggie Goodrich, commanding officer of the LAPD's new Information Technology Bureau, said technicians are still working to integrate the cameras with the patrol cars' dashboard computers and to ensure the images captured are of high enough quality to use in court.

The cameras have been disconnected from the computers until these issues have been resolved.

The department has been using cameras in a pilot program in South Bureau since signing a contract with IBM in 2008. The Christopher Commission report on the Rodney King arrest first recommended the cameras in 1991.

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