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State Looking Into Body Cameras For All Utah LEOs (CREDIT: Brett Neilson / Wikimedia Commons)

State Looking Into Body Cameras For All Utah LEOs

A new bill from state officials and the NAACP would put a body camera on every law enforcement officer in the state of Utah.

State officials have teamed up with the NAACP on a new bill that would outfit every law enforcement officer in Utah with a body camera.

Representative Dan McCay of Riverton and NAACP Tri-State President Jeanetta Williams are writing a bill that would make body cameras mandatory for every officer in the state, according to Fox 13 in Salt Lake City.

Representative Dan McCay of Riverton and NAACP Tri-State President Jeanetta Williams are working together to write a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would require all police officers in the state to wear body cameras on the job.

… According to Williams, early estimates show the cost of body cameras range from about $250 to $475 per officer.

There were approximately 4,800 officers in the state, according to a 2008 U.S. Census report, which brings the total to about $1.2 million.

“Body cams are really the best opportunity for us to be in the officer’s shoes, so that we can see and make a decision or watch the decision they made unfold,” McCay told Fox 13. “It’s important,” he continued. “I think we have an opportunity here to make a difference in the public trust and to help our officers do their job.”

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  • Gregory

    Between the vest, uniform, boots and gear, they weigh 26 pounds. So, shall we add another pound of camera? How about we have a supervisor monitor us live and make decisions for us. This is out of control. I was trained and hired to do a job, now everything I do except piss and crap will be recorded and judged.