LAPD Tries to Answer City Council Questions on $58M Plan to Equip Officers With Body Cameras

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The Los Angeles Police Department gave City Council members more information Tuesday in an effort to answer lingering questions that have delayed a vote crucial to an ambitious initiative to equip thousands of officers with body cameras.

A Los Angeles police officer demonstrates how body cameras work in August 2015. Cameras in four LAPD divisions captured nearly 255,000 videos between August and December 2015, according to a new report from the department. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

A Los Angeles police officer demonstrates how body cameras work in August 2015. Cameras in four LAPD divisions captured nearly 255,000 videos between August and December 2015, according to a new report from the department. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Department officials formally gave City Hall the information after the Police Commission approved a 29-page report outlining how the specific cameras were selected and the staffing that would be dedicated to the program.

Two city committees will consider the LAPD’s response, and financial officials will prepare their own supplemental report. One LAPD official estimated the full City Council could vote on the body camera initiative in about four weeks.

Council members were slated to vote in December on a five-year, $57.6-million plan to complete the 7,000-camera roll out, but delayed the decision after several council members expressed concerns.

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