BATON ROUGE, LA Dec 22 2016
Louisiana will become the first state in a nation to supply all state troopers with body cameras.
Gov. John Bel Edwards and the head of Louisiana State Police, Col. Mike Edmonson, announced the plan during a news conference Wednesday at the governor's mansion.
Edmonson said the roll out of cameras worn by troopers will begin in January in the French Quarter and expand from there.
LSP said it intends to purchase more than 1,500 body cameras with a five-year unlimited system license for patrol troopers.
"Nothing is more important than the safety of the public we serve and the troopers committed to that service," Edmonson said in a written release. "We must ensure that we maintain transparency and accountability through proper training, sound procedures and the latest technology. For nearly 20 years our troopers have used in-car cameras to document interactions with members of the public, but I am pleased to announce that we will now be taking that capability a step further."
He added the body cameras will cost $5.3 million over five years with the money coming from the existing budget.