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Metro council approves purchase of body cams for BRPD

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BRPD Chief Carl Dabadie (Source: WAFB) BRPD Chief Carl Dabadie (Source: WAFB)

After about an hour of talks between Mayor-president Sharon Weston Broome, Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie, and the Police Union leader Sgt. Bryan Taylor, the metro council approved the purchase of body cams for the Baton Rouge Police Department.

A little over $2 million from the city's general fund will be used to start the process of outfitting every first responder in the police department with body cameras. As far as the policy surrounding the use of the body cams, Chief Dabadie says it's been written, they're just in the process of tweaking a few items to make sure it's just right, but overall, he says this is a win for the community.

“You know, the body cameras are an integral part of the police officer being able to show his side of the story. You know, a lot of times everybody else has cameras and you don't always see from start to finish. I believe body cameras do that for law enforcement, but it also does it for the community,” said Dabadie.

The chief also says the department has been trying to buy body cameras for the last three years.

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