Montgomery County to Launch Pilot Police Body Camera Program

Montgomery County will launch a pilot program in June to equip 100 of their 1200 member police force with body cameras. As reported in The Gazette:

The goal of the six-month pilot program is to test and evaluate different types of cameras and technology, which are intended to improve police accountability, particularly in incidents involving the use of force, while balancing that with privacy concerns.

“There will be times when [someone] asks not to be recorded, and the officer has the discretion to turn [the camera] off, but he or she must say aloud why they’re turning it off,” said county police Chief J. Thomas Manger during a May 11 budget discussion with the County Council.

The cities of Rockville, Gaithersburg and Takoma Park also are testing and evaluating police body cameras.

The fiscal 2016 police department budget includes about $622,000 for the body camera program, which includes $422,400 for data storage, $103,000 to buy equipment and $97,000 for two new IT employees, according to a council staff memo.

For more information read the full article in The Gazette.