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Why Our Officers Don't Wear Body Cameras

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All of the active Tri-Cities officer-involved shooting cases are now officially closed and this past year body cameras on officers has been a major political topic. So what's preventing our police departments from having them? All of the active Tri-Cities officer-involved shooting cases are now officially closed and this past year body cameras on officers has been a major political topic. So what's preventing our police departments from having them?
NBCRightNow.com - All of the active Tri-Cities officer-involved shooting cases are now officially closed and this past year body cameras on officers has been a major political topic.

So what's preventing our police departments from having them? We've spoken with officials from our local departments who say it really comes down to the cost and the effectiveness of a video storage system. The amount of digital storage to make sure videos would be archived and kept on file could not only cost more taxpayers money, but Richland Police say they'd have to hire an extra person just to manage the files.

At a press conference Thursday we were shown dash cam video from a Pasco officer-involved homicide in which you can't see the interaction described by police but you can hear it.  That's because Pasco officers still have microphones on them.

"Body cameras are more designed for the actions of the officers and while I'm not opposed to them, I'm not for them. I just know that they're very expensive. When they break they'll be hard to replace. This pretty much is what we have. Some departments don't even have this much," explained Pasco Police Chief Bob Metzger.

Officers told NBC Right Now that Pasco is the only city in the Tri-CtieCitiest uses the microphones. Richland had them for a short time but often times they didn't record properly and even storing smaller audio files became too much. The fear is that body cameras wouldn't help as much as they'd dry up resources that could be used locally for other crime prevention. 
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