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Ready For Your Close-Up Boise? The Era of Police Body-Cams Begins

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The Ada County Sheriff's Office equipped deputies with on-body cameras in 2014. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
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  • The Ada County Sheriff's Office equipped deputies with on-body cameras in 2014.


Long in the offing, the Boise Police Department has begun equipping its officers with body cameras.

"As the cameras roll out and everybody's aware they're on a camera, whether it's an officer or citizen, knowing you're [being] recorded, you tend to be a little bit nicer, be on your best," Boise Police Chief Bill Bones told Boise Weekly in December 2015. "I think it'll reduce the [number of situations] that might have gone south just because everybody knows they're on video."

The Boise City Council approved a nearly $1.5 million, five-year purchase agreement Dec. 15 for Taser's Axon body cameras and space on Taser's server to store video files. The cameras will always be recording but, during an enforcement action, officers will push a button on the unit that flags footage beginning 30 seconds before its activation. Non-flagged video will queue on Taser's server, awaiting deletion, but flagged video will be treated as evidence. Attorneys in criminal cases will have unfettered access to video and members of the public filing information requests will be able to obtain footage with sensitive information redacted.

The Ada County Sheriff's Office equipped its deputies with body cameras in 2014. 

The Boise Police Department announced Thursday morning that it would be issuing 250 of the cameras to officers, with the first wave of 30 cameras going to the night team and supervisors on June 8. The rest of the roll out will continue through the following year.