Big Island Police Soon to Be Wearing Body Cams

THE BIG ISLAND (Ben Caxton) — Police on the Big Island say they have budgeted $400,000 to outfit all of their officers in the field with body cams by early 2020. Getting the system in place has been a high priority for the department since 2016, but only recently has funding to make the move become available. The rollout is expected to begin in January and completed by March seeing about 300 officer’s wearing the systems on a daily basis. Big Island police say in addition to the purchase and set up costs, the department will spend about $200,000 per year in operational costs. Hawaii County will be the last of the state’s four counties to implement a body-worn camera program.

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