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UPDATE: Bakersfield Police want to implement body cameras in July

Posted at 9:17 AM, Mar 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-26 20:57:07-04

Bakersfield Police is moving one step closer to implement body cameras.

During a Bakersfield Budget and Finance Committee meeting on Monday, BPD Chief Lyle Martin addressed the issue and the BPD recommended a plan to implement a body camera pilot program. 

The program would be a year-long testing phase set to begin July 1, 2018. 

That year the program will be used to monitor the use of force, citizen complaints, investigations, satisfaction and officer productivity. 

The program estimates the 20 camera program would cost $18,000. 

A decision must first be approved by the Bakersfield City Council.  A vote is expected to be held on April 11.

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Martin has said in the past that the main issue with implementing the camera technology is finding a way to file and store the massive amounts of video that is recorded.