Kansas City officers to begin wearing body cameras

1 year 5 months 1 day ago Tuesday, June 20 2017 Jun 20, 2017 Tuesday, June 20, 2017 11:34:00 AM CDT June 20, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - Kansas City police are planning to equip hundreds of officers with body cameras at an initial cost of about $6 million.

The Kansas City Star reported the price tag is expected to cover the initial start-up costs, equipment upgrades, storage expenses and hiring additional workers to manage the effort and to respond open records request for the video recordings.

Interim Police Chief David Zimmerman said body cameras would have been added months ago if "money were no object." Officials have not identified a sustainable funding source and said it could take three years before officers can begin wearing the recording devices. The city had a pilot study last summer.

Zimmerman said the cameras "ensure accountability," ''identify any issues that could require training" and "provide indisputable accounts of incidents."

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