SALT LAKE CITY -- A group of Salt Lake Valley police departments is planning to equip officers with wearable video cameras.
Salt Lake City Police Department spokesman Dennis McGowan said Wednesday that the group of eight different agencies is planning to buy 15 cameras each. The devices cost $1,100 apiece. The Salt Lake City department says it hopes the cameras would boost police credibility, cut down on criminal complaints and speed up investigations.
Footage from the miniature cameras could be used as evidence in a courtroom. Police say the footage would be a fast and accurate version of a police report that officers would not be able to alter.
At least a handful of police departments nationwide have placed recent orders for the cameras, including some in Texas, Arizona and Connecticut.