LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles City Council signed off Wednesday on a $59 million plan to equip Los Angeles Police Department officers with body cameras and cell phones.
The council voted to move ahead with a five-year, $31 million contract with Taser International Inc. to purchase about 7,000 body cameras and 4,400 stun guns. The agreement will include equipment replacement and upgrade, as well as video storage for footage taken using the cameras.
A little over $23 million will go toward providing police officers with Sprint cell phones that they can use to review and manage their body camera video footage and perform other police duties while on the go.
According to the Los Angeles Police Commission, the cameras will make interactions with officers more transparent, leading to fewer complaints from the public and potentially reducing incidences of excessive force or abuse by police officers.
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