Arkansas Law Enforcement Agencies Look At Cost Of Body Cameras

Jan 4, 2015

Arkansas law enforcement officials say they would like to equip their officers with body cameras but that their cost may prevent it.

Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck says the cost of body cameras - more than $1,000 per camera - is a problem.

Cradduck says body cameras can help law enforcement in two ways. The Northwest Arkansas Times reports  cameras can clear a deputy of false allegations. Cameras can also provide evidence if a deputy abuses his authority.

Bella Vista Police Chief Ken Farmer says his agency has considered getting body cameras for its police officers but that there is no timeline for purchasing them.

More emphasis has been placed on law enforcement using body cameras since the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.