BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - After wearing them for a few months as part of a pilot program, the Baton Rouge Police Department is scrapping its L-3 body cameras and replacing them with body cameras from the company, TASER.
The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1SdWfEg ) Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie told the Metro Council on Wednesday that officers were having trouble keeping the L-3 body cameras on their uniforms and that they had some technical glitches. The 100 participating officers will be re-outfitted with TASER cameras on Feb. 1.
State Rep. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge, a former councilwoman, said the police department does not have the money to buy the cameras and data storage for all of its 400 uniform patrol officers yet. But she said TASER gave the department the first batch for free to test.
TASER also outfits the New Orleans Police Department with their body cameras. NOPD has $2.7 million budgeted over five years for 620 cameras and the software that goes with them.
Conversations have now arisen about video storage. The TASER cameras use a cloud-based system, where videos are automatically uploaded to a virtual space rather than downloaded to a computer server. Dabadie said it’s prompted questions about officers being able to access and edit their videos.
Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com
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