The Brookhaven Police Department is asking the City Council to approve $84,000 to outfit officers with body cameras.

The council will be considering several amendments to its 2016 budget at its Aug. 9 meeting, including an additional $226,715 for the police department to be broken down into three categories: $84,000 for body cameras for 60 officers; $81,715 for a detective to focus on crimes against children; and $61,000 to replace police cars totaled in accidents.

Total cost for the body cameras are $300,000 with $84,000 to be paid the first year and $54,000 each year for the next four years, according to information provided to the council.

Dunwoody Police began wearing body cameras last year and the Sandy Springs City Council approved funding for the department’s 80 officers to begin wearing body cameras sometime in Fiscal Year 2017. 

The Atlanta Police Department is set to roll out body cameras for its officers in the near future after a lawsuit by a body camera vendor against the city alleging an unfair bidding process was dismissed in June.

Elizabeth Espy, spokesperson for APD, said officers are expected to be equipped within the next 12 months.

“We would like to equip all officers in all operational units with body cameras. Our initial roll out will be concentrated in the Field Operations Division and Airport as those units have the greatest interaction with the public,” Espy said.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.