VIDEO: LAPD Officers Begin Wearing Body Cameras
Officers at the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Division in the San Fernando Valley were equipped with body cameras Monday as part of a roll out of 860 such cameras over the next month.
The cameras were provided by $1.5 million in private donations raised by the Los Angeles Police Foundation, according to the LAPD.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti outlined funding for about 7,000 body cameras and equipment in his 2015-16 budget proposal, but the funding has yet to be appropriated. City officials are still waiting on federal grants that they hope will pay for half of the costs, KABC TV reports,
When all the cameras are distributed in July, the department will become the largest police force in the country to use the body cameras on a wide scale.