- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire state police didn’t follow through on a pilot program to test body camera technology, despite having the equipment earlier this year.

Taser International loaned three body cameras to state police last winter, but State Police Executive Major David Parenteau told Concord Monitor (https://bit.ly/1Jc2sqi) the department said the department didn’t have the personnel to work on the program and get it up and running.

New Hampshire lawmakers are meeting this week to resume work on legislation that would require all troopers to wear the technology and set rules on its use. Some legislators hoped to use the findings from the pilot to help the legislation, but the program wasn’t implemented, in part because there were legal concerns over privacy and how the troopers would record and store the footage, Parenteau said. The equipment loan ended in April.

“Time ran out, basically, before we could get them out in the field,” he said.

New Hampshire has roughly 425 uniformed state police officers, and outfitting each with a camera would cost roughly $472,400 in the first year.



Several municipal police departments in the state already use body cameras. In Weare, Chief Sean Kelly said the technology is an effective tool, though he foresees challenges that include the cost of retaining electronic data and the potential for legal issues over right-to-know requests.

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Information from: Concord Monitor, https://www.cmonitor.com

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