Two Ala. Police Departments Mulling Wearable Cameras

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

PIEDMONT, Ala. (AP) -- Two police departments in eastern Alabama are considering outfitting officers with wearable cameras in 2014.

Jacksonville assistant police chief, Bill Wineman, told the Anniston Star ( ) that it's becoming more important for law enforcement officials to have video footage of their work that can be used in court or review claims of abuse.

Officials in Jacksonville and Piedmont say they're considering buying miniature cameras and clipping them to officers' clothing or accessories.

Piedmont Police Chief Steven Tidwell says his department will pay for the cameras through an equipment purchase budget.
Jacksonville police asked city officials to buy 20 cameras and city council postponed a decision on that until 2014.

The newspaper reports each camera costs about $500, and the cost of storing footage online is about $10 monthly per device.

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