Fresno buying 100 on-body cameras for officers

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Updated: 8/18/2014 4:11 pm

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Fresno officials have approved the purchase of 100 on-body cameras for police officers.

The Fresno Bee reports the City Council voted Thursday to buy the Axon Flex cameras.

The total cost of $159,732 — with $70,000 from a state grant and the rest from the city — includes video storage.

Chief Jerry Dyer says the cameras, which will arrive in a month, will record officers' interaction with citizens.

He says such a record will improve the public's trust in police performance.

Dyer says his goal is to eventually have all 715 officers wearing cameras.

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natec - 8/19/2014 1:29 PM
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Kronik, this is true. I did not think about the officers tampering with the recorded video. This was just an example, however. I would still be curious to know what makes those cameras so expensive. I was thinking though, that maybe they needed to hire staff to maintain the cameras and recordings. Not sure if that's included in the cost quoted in the story.

Kronik1045FM - 8/18/2014 11:53 PM
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NateC.. gopros have removable media storage and can be tampered. They need to have wifi upload to remote storage. There is a case of an officer whos camera keeps malfunctioning during his assaulting of citizens. If their is a way to hack them they will find it.. and if its internal officers keeping tabs on it.. then the good old boy blue link kicks in.

tikidianne - 8/18/2014 5:36 PM
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I have mixed feelings on this. On one side, I hope officers aren't distracted by knowing every move they make is being recorded... and on the other side, having things recorded would really eliminate disputes as to what "really" happened if being questioned...

natec - 8/18/2014 5:10 PM
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I would love to know what kind of cameras they purchased. You can get 100 brand new GoPro cameras that come with 64GB of storage each for $20,000. That storage is plenty for a few days use, assuming they are only recording when talking to a citizen and not all time time while they're driving (they already have a dash camera), on break, etc. Even if they were including archive storage (which is relatively inexpensive these days), $160,000 sounds absurd. Unless they are very small and on the advanced side, this seems like a gross waste of money.

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