PORTLAND (AP) — Several Maine police chiefs say equipping officers in their departments with body cameras was already under consideration even before President Barack Obama’s proposal that the federal government share the cost for the technology.
Sanford Police chief Thomas Connolly told the Portland Press Herald that his annual budget includes purchase of up to a dozen cameras. He said he would be able to buy even more if the U.S. covers half of the cost.
Interest in police body cameras has picked up in the wake of protests that followed a decision by a grand jury not to indict a Ferguson, Missouri police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager.
Some Maine departments, including in Wilton and Gardiner, have begun using the devices.
But others say they’re still weighing issues around cost and privacy.