The contract with Taser Axon Flex cost about $1.1 million and includes the equipment plus five years of data storage at the company’s headquarters located outside of Utah.
“I think it highlights it as a priority for us. Given the challenges that we’re facing across the nation right now as a profession, I think there is a public demand and I think there is also a professional demand for this technology. It’s going to help everyone,” Russo said.
West Valley City becomes the fourth police department in Salt Lake County to equip all its officers with a body camera.
While the chief notes that the cameras are not a replacement for an officer’s integrity, he believes they will show that 98 percent of the time officers act appropriately in situations.
Police body cameras have become a hot topic of discussion in Utah in recent months due to several high-profile officer-involved shootings. Fatal shootings in Draper, West Jordan, and two involving Salt Lake police officers were all captured on body camera video. The shootings in each case were ruled justified, partly because of the video.
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