Springfield officials look into buying body cameras for police

SPRINGFIELD - Springfield City Council members are considering a proposal to buy body cameras and a storage and management system for the police department.

Springfield officials discussed the possibility of purchasing the devices during a city council meeting Tuesday night.  According to Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow, the equipment is estimated to cost about $270,000.

Winslow adds that the current goal is to cameras assigned to all Field Operations Division officers by September.  However, Winslow says if legislation is already in place, the change could be made faster.  The Springfield Police Department has already started to look into three different types of body camera systems, as well as other storage options that would sync the devices to technology located inside police squad cars.

The push to obtain body cameras is not an unexpected one, as police departments across the nation have considered equipping their officers with body cameras after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last year.
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