Erie County Sheriff's Office moving forward with body camera program
Posted: 10:35 AM, Jun 10, 2019
<p>FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2014 file photo a Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration in Los Angeles. An agreement with Boston's largest police union to have 100 officers wear body cameras was praised as a step toward greater accountability. But with the Sept. 1, 2016, rollout date for the pilot program approaching, not a single officer had volunteered to wear one. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)</p>
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County Sheriff's Office is moving forward with a body camera program after the legislature recently approved $600,000 in funding for it.
The department is currently finalizing its permanent policy and procedures for body cameras. It's also creating a sergeant position to oversee the program.
The sheriff's office will be issuing a request for proposals in the coming weeks for pricing and proposals from camera vendors. It will then review the proposals and determine how many cameras and storage the funding will allow the agency to acquire.
A budget request will later be submitted in the 2020 budget to fund the remainder of the program for years to follow.
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