Council committee to watch body camera pilot program in BR
BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members set up a committee to review the potential of outfitting police officers in the city with body cameras.
At its meeting Wednesday evening, Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle discussed what she called a body camera review board. The board, the happy medium between council members and police, will discuss a pilot program for body cameras.
Marcelle has pushed for body cameras to be worn by police officers for months, but said she has agreed to a study where officers from the police department's First District will wear the cameras. The review board will discuss the costs and complaints or accolades from officers and citizens related to the wearing of body cameras.
Marcelle said in a phone interview with WBRZ late Wednesday, one hundred cameras have been ordered for the pilot program. She said officers in the district will be trained on how to use them and could start wearing them in October.
Marcelle said part of the job of the 14-member committee will be to draft guidelines for the body cameras, too.
The board is made up of government officials from the mayor's office, the finance department, the police department and also citizens of Baton Rouge.