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HPD opts not to use $100K set aside for body cam study

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Honolulu Police Department is not ready to invest in body cameras, and does not have a timeline for when it will.

HPD executives told the City Council on Tuesday that they have been researching the cameras, but did not use $100,000 the council budgeted for a pilot study.

Meanwhile, they estimate storage of body cam video will cost taxpayers $1 million a year, and they have been advised by other police departments to be very careful before making the commitment.

Neighbor island police departments have already adopted body cams, which are also becoming increasingly widespread on the mainland.

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