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Police Departments Across the U.S. Adopting Body Cameras

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Increasing number of department investing in body camera technology

The release of police videos, or lack thereof, has been big news across the U.S. in the past year. Big cities from Chicago to San Francisco have dealt with police video scandals and the public is increasingly demanding that footage of police incidents be made public.

Now, with so much scrutiny on video and police practices, many police departments across the country are making big investments in video technology, namely in the form of body cameras, as 2016 progresses.

Here's a look at some recent happenings with police departments and body cameras across the nation.

San Francisco, CA

In San Francisco, the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee released $2.4 million to begin outfitting city police with body cameras as soon as this month.

Miami, FL

In Miami, Miami-Dade County commissioners authorized up to 1,500 video devices for use by county police. The authorization included up to $1 million a year for body cameras, which is one of the largest allotments in the country to date.

Baltimore, MD

In Baltimore, city and police officials announced that 500 city police officers will begin wearing body cameras starting on May 1. Officers will wear the cameras at all times. All told, the program will cost Baltimore approximately $11.6 million over five years.

Other cities

Body camera programs are being either put in place or tested in various smaller cities and towns across the U.S., as well, including Raleigh, NC, Saginaw, MI, and Providence, RI.

On Thursday, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed multiple bills relating to various aspects of law enforcement use of body cameras, including use, maintenance and storage of both cameras and the recorded data.

Matt Mills Matt Mills has been involved in various aspects of online media, both on the editorial side and on the technology side, for more than 16 years. He holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and is currently involved in multiple projects focused on innovation journalism.