Indianapolis Body Camera Plan May Shrink After Funding Fails

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Indianapolis police may downsize plans to equip patrol officers with body cameras after failing to win federal grants to buy some of the wearable devices.

Mayor Greg Ballard's proposed 2016 budget calls for relying heavily on federal grant money to equip all 900 Indianapolis patrol officers with cameras. But the city wasn't awarded any federal grants for that purpose when those grants were announced last week.

Indianapolis Deputy Public Safety Director Bryan Roach tells The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1OBOW76) the department is now looking to pitch a downsized body camera program.

He says police hope those cameras can be purchased using $250,000 the department wants the City-County Council to include in next year's budget. 

Starting a city body camera program would cost an estimated $2 million over three to five years.