El Paso Police one step closer to getting body cameras

El Paso News

Two El Paso Police Department units will be wearing body cameras in the field soon. 

The El Paso City Council received an update on the status of body cameras from police during Tuesday’s meeting.

In August, city representatives approved a measure to accept a $110,000 grant to pay for 25 body cameras.

On Tuesday, an assistant police chief told council that there will be 34 cameras at a cost of $136,000.

The cameras will go to officers with the department’s Crisis Intervention Team and DWI task force.

“We’ve already done the field testing of the cameras, we’ve selected a model, we’ve gotten quotes. So we’re preparing the paperwork to submit to purchasing to actually make the purchase of the cameras,” said Assistant Chief Patrick Maloney.

Earlier this year, police told KTSM they expected to have policies for the cameras in place by the end of this year. 

Maloney says the goal is to eventually equip all EPPD officers with body cameras. 

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