Recently, President Obama announced the federal government's intention to use $75 million to purchase body cameras for police officers across the country. But, one of the largest police departments in the country isn't waiting around for that money to come in. Nope, the LAPD has raised $1.5 million in private funds to outfit 800 officers with body cameras.
The LAPD is hardly the only department adopting cameras, but this effort he most ambitious wide-scale roll out to date. Most large cities from Las Vegas to New Orleans to New York remain in the testing phase at this point.
With over 10,000 men and women in uniform in the LAPD, the 800 cameras will only cover a small fraction of officers. But, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that the next budget will include money to purchase cameras for all officers.
More and more police departments are turning to body cameras in the wake of protests over police-involved shootings that have happened recently. Many think that the cameras will reduce violence and confrontations between police, suspects and the community.