L.A. Mayor Plans to Equip City’s Police Officers With Body Cameras

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TASER International (NASDAQ: TASR) announced the purchase of 860 AXON body-worn video cameras and a five-year subscription to EVIDENCE.com by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti further announced a plan by the city to equip a total of 7,000 officers with body cameras in 2015.

With this announcement, TASER is launching a new EVIDENCE.com service plan called the “Officer Safety Plan” which was developed in close collaboration with the LAPD.

The Officer Safety Plan includes all of the advanced features of EVIDENCE.com, unlimited storage, a service plan that includes automatic upgrades of the AXON Cameras every 2.5 years, and upgrades of the associated TASER devices every 5 years, as well as full hardware equipment warranties and service.

The LAPD has selected the Officer Safety Plan as their subscription plan to EVIDENCE.com to maximize budget predictability and minimize total cost across both product suites.

“The Los Angeles Police Department continues to be a technology leader in law enforcement,” said Los Angeles Police Department Chief of Police Charlie Beck. “Today, we are announcing a new program designed to provide maximum safety to our officers and the community we serve, while bringing a new level of trust and transparency to police work. In 2015, we will begin issuing wearable cameras to front line officers to increase transparency and to document the good work our officers do every day. It is our goal to make these important tools available to every front line officer over the next few years.”

“We’re thrilled that the Los Angeles Police Department has selected us to support them in this monumental step for their agency,” says Rick Smith, Co-Founder and CEO of TASER International. “Given its size and world-wide recognition as a technology leader, the Los Angeles Police Department has unique logistical needs. We collaborated closely with LAPD to create our new Officer Safety Plan to help serve agencies that want to have complete predictability of the costs of their on-officer video and TASER programs in one simple plan. We consider ourselves a long-term partner and want to ensure that our customers are successful in getting their officers equipped with our body cameras without the concern of managing variable data storage costs in the future.”

The order for the first 860 units is expected in the fourth quarter of 2014 and is expected to ship in the first half of 2015. Revenue will be recognized over the five-year term of the program.

Los Angeles Mayor Gil Garcetti on Tuesday announced a plan to equip 7,000 of the city’s police officers on the streets with body cameras, an ambitious initiative that comes amid nationwide protests over police killings of unarmed black men.

The proposal would expand a privately funded, $1.5 million pilot project launched in January to provide officers on foot patrol in downtown Los Angeles with cameras to test.

The push for body cameras, which supporters say can help avert or resolve cases of officer misconduct when there is conflicting evidence, has gained momentum across the nation, and President Barack Obama has called for federal spending to train police and equip them with the cameras.

“Out on the street, things aren’t always clear-cut. These cameras will help law enforcement and the public alike find the truth – and truth is essential to the trust between the LAPD and the community, which has been a key factor in lowering crime to record lows,” Garcetti said in announcing the program.

Los Angeles Mayor Gil Garcetti on Tuesday announced a plan to equip 7,000 of the city’s police officers on the streets with body cameras, an ambitious initiative that comes amid nationwide protests over police killings of unarmed black men.

“I want to make sure LAPD is on the cutting edge when it comes to crime suppression and constitutional policing,” he said.

Funding for the 7,000 cameras will be included in Garcetti’s proposed 2015 budget, which must be approved by the city council. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has said he supports the plan.

With nearly 10,000 officers, the LAPD is the third-largest municipal U.S. police department, after New York City and Chicago.

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