- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police officials say they’re seeing the positives from a body camera test program.

Police Chief Carl Dabadie tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/24BmMj9 ) that some people like the fact that officers are using the cameras.

Dabadie says First District officers have captured over 12,000 videos since the pilot program began in October, and that the cameras have helped in several investigations.

Following Tuesday’s meeting, police officials said that the body cameras are here to stay. The department continues working through policy issues.

Police spokesman Lt. Jonny Dunnam says they’ll consider when to begin issuing body cameras to other officers once the pilot program ends in August.

Dabadie says only a small number of the roughly 60 officers assigned to wear the cameras have been disciplined for failing to record encounters.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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