All NYC Cops to Have Body Cameras by 2019

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Yesterday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city will outfit all NYPD patrol officers with  body cameras by 2019.    This past year, New York selected VieVu to provide 5,000 cameras, but the contract to supply cameras for all patrol units could reportedly be worth up to $250 million over 14 years.  This promise if kept means NYPD is looking to implement the country’s largest body camera program, with more than 20,000 officers outfitted with the surveillance capability.

Regardless of whether one agrees with the decision or not, the goal represents a marked departure from less than three months ago, when news reports indicated the NYPD did not have a single patrol officer on the streets with a body camera:

All New York City police will have to wear body cameras by end of 2019 [via The Verge]