Baltimore police prepare to launch body camera program

AP News
Posted: Jan 19, 2016 4:37 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Police Department has announced that Taser International will provide body cameras to its officers.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said at a news conference Tuesday that officers will be equipped with Taser's Axon body cameras, one of three types of cameras used in a pilot program involving 155 officers from three districts that began in October.

Davis said officers shared overwhelmingly positive feedback about their experiences wearing the cameras.

The price proposal from Taser will be unsealed at a Board of Estimates meeting Wednesday. The exact amount to be allocated for the program likely will be negotiated.

Rawlings-Blake said the final contract will be voted on by the end of February, and it is expected to take roughly two years to equip all officers with body cameras.