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BPD Could Soon Be Equipped with Body Cameras

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By Fox 40 Staff.
New body cameras could be on Binghamton Police officers as soon as October. Mayor Rich David has submitted legislation that would allow the city to sign a five-year contract for 93 cameras.

The cost would be $116,000 for the first year of the contract and $85,000 for each of the remaining four. the contract includes unlimited data storage. David says the data will help illustrate a complete picture of how the Binghamton Police Department operates.

"They protect the police officers, they protect the residents and they protect the city of Binghamton as a whole. I think it really will be an eye-opening experience for residents to see exactly what these officers are confronted with on a daily basis," said David.

The cost of the software associated with the cameras is almost $20,000. City Council is expected to discuss the proposed legislation at a work session Tuesday night.