July 10, 2015

Body Camera Program Ending For Indianapolis Police

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A seven-month pilot program that equipped officers with body cameras is coming to an end because Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department leaders are uncertain whether they can afford to continue it.

Department spokesman Sgt. Kendale Adams says local law enforcement officials want the cameras, but it would cost about $2 million to give one to every officer. He says the police department and the Department of Public Safety will ask for funding to purchase the cameras next year.

The Indianapolis Star reports that police Chief Rick Hite showed his support Thursday for the cameras, saying they helped capture footage of an April 12 fatal officer-involved shooting.

Hite said the body cameras have been helpful both in the field and during training exercises.

The pilot program is set to end Monday.

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