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Obama Sends Police Camera Proposal to Congress

(Photo by Brendan Smialowski of AFP - Getty Images)
(Photo by Brendan Smialowski of AFP – Getty Images)

The Obama Administration announced a proposal Monday that would give states money to help pay for body cameras for police officers.

According to NBC News and the Huffington Post, $75 million of the $263 million proposal would reportedly help states cover half of the cost of 50,000 cameras   for police officers nationwide. The remaining money in the proposal would go towards improved training and police oversight.

The Huffington article reports that the cameras (like the one pictured above) usually cost between $300 and $400, and that there are additional costs that would be incurred in order to save footage on the camera and maintaining the cameras themselves.

If Congress (whether the current lame duck Congress or the Republican-controlled Congress that will take over in January) does approve the president’s proposal, states and local police departments can choose not to opt into the program if they choose not to. As the Huffington article points out (with citations from the FBI), there are 630,000 police officers across the country, which means the money available is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

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