- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Little Rock Police Department is experiencing technical problems as it tests officer body cameras.

Assistant Chief Alice Fulk said insufficient bandwidth and problems keeping the cameras in place are some of the issues complicating the study.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1gjv9eh ) reported Monday that Little Rock installed a citywide fiber-optic network in early 2014, and the police department integrated most of its systems later that year. The department’s southwest division has not been updated.

“Until we get fiber at all of our precincts where the officers are checking out of, no product is really going to work as efficiently as it should,” Fulk said.

Officers reported video uploads taking too long at police precincts that didn’t have a high bandwidth connection.

The police department plans to study body cameras made by another company, but no date has been set for the second test. Fulk said officials will request a test of at least 45 days involving the same six officers that participated in the first study.

Little Rock police records showed the first test produced 1,011 videos amounting to almost 210 hours of video. During the study, the six officers responded to calls that included trespassing, aggravated assault and robbery.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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