The idea of mandatory body cameras for police officers could be something police precincts have to deal with in the very near future. A bill in Tennessee failed this year, but will likely return in 2016.
News Radio WGNS talked to Murfreesboro Police Chief Glen Chrisman about the idea...
The body cameras would cost about $1,000 per officer. That would cover the cost of the camera and the equipment that goes along with the camera.
Beyond the initial start-up cost the price of data storage would be about $100 per month per officer, which would quickly add up to millions of dollars. Of course as more data is collected, the cost would continue to rise in years to come.
Right now, there are no laws in Tennessee mandating police departments to use body cameras in the future. However, bills are currently under review.
MPD Chief Glen Chrisman
Murfreesboro City Councilman Ron Washington
2015 TN House and Senate Bills in Question:
In 2013, the National Institute of Justice released information outlining the idea of body cameras: