Buffalo, N.Y. - 2 On Your Side has learned that the Buffalo Police Department will equip a limited number of its officers with body cameras starting early next year.
The city, in conjunction with the police union and the district attorney's office, has been studying the use of body cameras for over a year now.
The group has been looking into what other cities have done, as well as how much it would cost not only to buy the cameras, but to store the video. It has also been looking into how many new employees it would have to hire to deal with requests for videos from the D.A.'s office, defense attorneys, the public and the media.
- The pilot program is expected to last between six months and a year.
- It's estimated that to fully implement the program would cost the city about one million dollars every year, which would include equipping about all 500 patrol officers with cameras, as well as a storage system and the hiring of perhaps four new employees to handle the requests for video.