LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police officers will get a new piece of equipment next month: body cameras.
LAPD Chief Information Officer Maggie Goodrich told the civilian Police Commission Tuesday that 60 officers will begin wearing cameras under a pilot program designed to increase accountability and reduce complaints against officers.
Goodrich says the department will receive different styles of cameras on loan from two companies — Arizona-based Taser International and Coban Technologies of Houston.
After 90 days, the department will recommend one type of the cameras and draft policies to govern their use.
The police union backs the program.
Police Commission President Steve Soboroff also has pushed the $1 million effort, privately raising nearly $900,000 in donations from Hollywood heavyweights, the Los Angeles Dodgers and others, including Occidental Petroleum.