Yesterday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti revealed an initiative to outfit 7,000 LAPD officers with body cameras next year.
According to the Associated Press, Garcetti made the announcement at a press conference. While the long-term goal is expected to be reached by June, the short-term goal is to have equip about 800 officers with the devices by January.
Garcetti called the plan "a huge step forward for law enforcement," adding that "no major city is even close" to L.A.'s progress on the matter.
Steve Soboroff, President of the LAPD Police Commission, estimated that this would cost about $10 million to cover the first two to three years.
Earlier this month, President Obama announced a multimillion-dollar plan to provide local police departments with body cameras in response to the number of unarmed blacks killed by law enforcement.
[via Associated Press]