COLO. SPRINGS COPS SLOW TO GET BODY CAMS

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Chhun Sun

colorado springs» The process of equip­ping nearly 500 Colorado Springs police of­fi­cers with state-of-the-art body-worn cam­eras is tak­ing longer than ex­pected.

Full im­ple­men­ta­tion prob­a­bly won’t be com­pleted un­til Fe­bru­ary.

In mid-Septem­ber, the depart­ment started out­fit­ting its of­fi­cers with the tech­nol­ogy and said 475 of­fi­cers would be equipped this month. As of Fri­day, only 88 of­fi­cers had been out­fit­ted with the cam­eras.

The process has been slowed by the depart­ment’s need to im­prove net­work sta­bil­ity that will han­dle the high vol­ume of data ex­pected to come from the cam­eras, said Cmdr. Pat Rig­don, the pro­gram’s su­per­vi­sor. “This is near­ing com­ple­tion and we plan to go to full im­ple­men­ta­tion start­ing in mid-Jan­uary,” he added.

A uni­form change is an­other rea­son for the de­lays.

Colorado Springs police of­fi­cers wear a French blue color that wasn’t im­me­di­ately avail­able, “so we have had to work with the uni­form ven­dor to ac­quire what we needed,” Rig­don said. “In ad­di­tion, the uni­forms have to be mod­i­fied to ac­com­mo­date the cam­era.”

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