Free Camera Offer Unrelated to LAPD Body Cam Contract

The LAPD said Tuesday a promotional offer to lend a body worn video camera free of charge to any police officer in the United States for one year -- would not affect the Department's $59-million contract to purchase cameras from the same manufacturer.

Axon, formerly known as Taser, made the offer last week to encourage more officers to test out the technology. 

The LAPD plans to purchase about 7,000 cameras by the end of the summer -- enough to equip most patrol officers.

The Department already has nearly 2,800 cameras and has recorded more than 1-million videos, according to a program update provided to the Board of Police Commissioners.

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