LINCOLN, Neb. – The Lincoln Police Department is trying to determine before a new year rolls around whether its police officers will be required to wear body cameras.
Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister tells Lincoln television station KOLN that he’s a firm advocate of the technology. But he says it’s expensive to implement and maintain.
He says it would cost his department about $500,000 to outfit ever officer with a body camera. He says maintenance costs would add another $250,000 a year.
The city is seeking public comment in crafting a policy that would dictate how the cameras are worn, when they are activated, and whether officers are free to use and purchase their own cameras.