Palo Alto City Council Approves Body-Mounted Cameras

Police Department wishes to add body-worn cameras and upgrade patrol-car camera system

By NBC Bay Area Staff
|  Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013  |  Updated 9:00 AM PDT
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The Palo Alto city council could approve police officer-mounted cameras Monday night and replace cameras in current sqaud cars. Bob Redell reports.

The Palo Alto city council could approve police officer-mounted cameras Monday night and replace cameras in current sqaud cars. Bob Redell reports.

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The Palo Alto City Council on Monday approved a contract with Watchguard Video to spend up to $305,000 to buy cameras for 28 patrol cars and nine body-mounted cameras for its officers.

There will also be a system installed in one fire department vehicle.

This vote comes after Menlo Park voted to do the same thing.

At first, the cameras will be worn by nine patrol officers, especially motorcycle cops, who don't have dash cameras eqiupped on their bikes.

All patrol officers might wear the cameras in the future.

The new cameras allow the lenses to face in four directions instead of just forward.

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