Los Angeles to Be First Major City to Equip Every Cop With a Body Camera
Kudos, a thousand kudos.
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the initial contract will be for 800 Axon cameras, which cost $399 each and are made by Taser. These initial cameras will be deployed in places with high police activity.
$1.5 million in private money has been raised so far to get this camera program rolling. Garcetti also says that his budget next year will include funding for 7,000 cameras in order to provide one for every single officer walking the streets of LA.
“Out on the street, things aren’t always clear cut. These cameras will help law enforcement and the public alike find the truth — and truth is essential to the trust between the LAPD and the community, which has been a key factor in lowering crime to record lows,” Garcetti says.