From Monday, LAPD begins deploying the body cameras to the officers. Initially, the deployment of the body camera will be limited to 860 out of 7000 cameras. The SWAT team will get this camera after mid-September, reports The Los Angeles Times.
The body cameras will be given to the officer in three divisions: Mission Division, Newton Division and Central traffic and specialized divisions. The cameras will be distributed to the officers at Mission Division, then on September 15 it will be distributed to the officers at Newton Division and finally it will be given to the officers at Central traffic and specialized divisions.
The LAPD is not planning to make the recordings public unless they are connected to any criminal and civil court case. It has been opposed by some critics like the American Civil Liberties Union said that allowing officers watch the recordings and not giving access to the public will allow officers to pick the video footage that they want to distribute and what they don’t want to distribute.
7,000 body cameras will be distributed till July 2016, which will make them the largest number of officers wearing body cameras.