LOS ANGELES:(VVNEWS.com)- The Los Angeles City Council approved a contract to proceed with the purchase and deployment of nearly 7,000 body-worn cameras by the LAPD.
The decision was made on Friday, June 24, 2016, and it was welcomed with open arms.
The Department currently has nearly 1,000 body worn video cameras deployed and plans to expand that deployment rapidly now that City Council has given the go ahead with the contract.
“I am very pleased that we can now move forward with our plan to purchase and outfit our uniformed officers with Body Worn Video cameras”, said Chief Charlie Beck. This 21st Century policing tool is just another way that LAPD will enhance our ability to keep our communities safe as well as improve accountability. “We believe that use of body worn cameras will help to reduce the number of uses of force because the cameras can affect how people behave when they are aware that their actions are being recorded”, Beck added.