HPD to City Council: We'll need money to implement body cam program right

Published: Nov. 14, 2017 at 4:40 PM HST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2017 at 8:46 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Police Department says they're making progress with a body camera pilot program after running into problems.

Police officials on Tuesday gave an update on the program at a City Council meeting.

HPD says they found uploading and storage issues with the first camera vendor, which caused delays to the program.

They're now testing cameras with a second vendor until next month.

At any given time, there are at least 77 officers using the cameras out on the road.

HPD Police Chief Susan Ballard said moving forward with the body camera program will require additional funding.

"If it's not done correctly, it could actually be more harm than good," she said.

A full rollout with hardware and tech support could cost up to $2.5 million.

Chief Ballard added the majority of officers she's talked to "see the value of the program."

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