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Friday, May 15, 2015

10 Percent Of SAPD Officers To Get Body Cameras

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 12:15 PM

City Council approved funds allowing the police department to purchase body cameras. - COURTESY
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  • City Council approved funds allowing the police department to purchase body cameras.

During a mid-year budget adjustment, San Antonio City Council approved funding so the San Antonio Police Department can purchase body cameras.

City Manager Sheryl Sculley said Thursday during the council meeting that there's been a robust discussion in San Antonio about body cameras and it's time to move forward on implementation.

Of the approximate 2,400 SAPD officers, 251 of them — or 10 percent — will get the cameras, Sculley said.

The San Antonio Express-News reported that council allotted $320,000 to purchase the cameras.

Officers working with the bike patrol and park police, who mainly work in the downtown area, will receive the cameras.

The SAPD supports body cameras, saying they reduce complaints and protect both officers and citizens. 

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