A bill that would have required law enforcement departments in Tennessee to arm their police officers or deputies with body cameras failed this year, but is still being studied. The body camera bill will likely come back up in 2016.
Murfreesboro City Councilman Ron Washington commented on the issue...
The body camera idea was proposed in the Tennessee General Assembly earlier this year, but did not meet approval. Instead, the bill that sponsored by Democrat Brenda Gilmore, was deferred for a summer study group for further comment.
Cities like Chesapeake, Virginia pay about $1,800 per camera, which includes mounting equipment. Chesapeake also pays about $24,000 for data storage at this time. Of course, as more video files are stored, that data storage price will go up. Their budget for body cameras is about $7-million every five years at this point.
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