BUPD to test body cameras

JYLIAN VIGAR | CO-NEWS EDITOR

The Butler University Police Department will be testing body cameras over the next several months.

The university has budgeted $30,000 to test four different models and will choose one within the next one to three months, police director of operations John Conley told the Indianapolis Star.

Last December President Obama requested funds for police body cameras and training. His request sparked a national discussion and trend that has now made its way to Butler University.

Body cameras offer protection for police officers and a quick way to gather evidence. Cameras can cost $300 to $500 or more. The most crippling costs are from data storage, depending on how often officers have cameras on and how long data is kept.

Whether or not all 20 BUPD officers will have cameras is still under discussion. These body cameras are in addition to the nearly 200 cameras already on campus.

This story will be updated.

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