‘Sticker Shock’ Over Body Cameras for Every LAPD Officer May Delay Process Another 2 Years

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, displays a police body camera in 2015 with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, who is wearing one of the cameras. (Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles’ much-touted plan to equip thousands of police officers with body cameras has stalled amid controversy at City Hall over the program’s price tag and whether the Police Department got the best deal possible.

Delays have derailed Mayor Eric Garcetti’s pledge to provide nearly every officer with a camera by the end of this year, an ambitious proposal that garnered national attention and would make the LAPD the largest law enforcement agency in the country to use the devices on a widespread scale.

LAPD officials do not expect to finish outfitting 7,000 officers until the fall of 2017 at the earliest. And a new proposal, they say, could push the completion date back another year.

The head of the council’s public safety committee now wants the LAPD to start over and accept new bids from camera manufacturers.

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