Some police suspend body cameras, or hold off, citing costs

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): Police departments in at least two states that outfitted their officers with body cameras have shelved them, blaming new laws that significantly increased their costs of storing the videos the small cameras record.

About a third of the nation’s 18,000 police agencies have embraced body cameras or are testing them. But some departments in Indiana and Connecticut pulled their cameras this year after those states imposed considerably longer video-storage requirements.

Clarksville, Indiana’s police department suspended its 4-year-old body camera program in June, citing a new Indiana law requiring departments using the cameras to store the videos for at least 190 days.

The adjacent city of Jeffersonville shelved its cameras for the same reason. And Berlin, Connecticut’s police department ended its body camera program after tougher data storage rules took effect.


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