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Del. Lawmakers Consider Cost of Police Body Cams

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A police officer clipping a body camera onto his shirt. (Photo: WTTV) A police officer clipping a body camera onto his shirt. (Photo: WTTV)
A type of body camera police officers can clip onto their sunglasses. (Photo: WBOC) A type of body camera police officers can clip onto their sunglasses. (Photo: WBOC)
A type of body cam police officers can attach to their lapel. (Photo: WBOC) A type of body cam police officers can attach to their lapel. (Photo: WBOC)
Del. State Legislature's Joint Finance Committee meeting to discuss Gov. Markell's proposed budget. (Photo: WBOC) Del. State Legislature's Joint Finance Committee meeting to discuss Gov. Markell's proposed budget. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- Members of the Delaware Legislature's Joint Finance Committee are considering Gov. Jack Markell's $500,000 proposal to support local police department body camera programs. 

Currently, only nine Delaware police departments use body cameras, according to Chief William Bryson, chairman of the Delaware Police Chief's Council. 

He says some of them have fully implemented programs and others are running trial programs. 

Bryson said purchasing the body cameras is the least expensive part of the proposition. 

Attorney General Matt Denn told WBOC Wednesday that appropriating this money is important for the Delaware Department of Justice. 

He said his department would need more positions created to ensure body camera footage can be stored and analyzed properly. Otherwise, it would be too much work for prosecutors, he said. 

Markell says he understands the frustrations that some lawmakers are skeptical of the cost of supporting the local body camera programs. 

"Cameras cost what cameras cost," he said. "Then you have to have the software, and then you have to have somebody who can actually review it. I mean everything's more expensive than you would like it to be whether it's the state or your own family."

The Joint Finance Committee begins with Markell's proposed budget and listens to presentations from each state agency. 

Finally, the committee hashes out numbers and come to an agreement on a budget bill.

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