Des Moines Moving Closer to Outfitting Officers with Body Cameras

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DES MOINES, Iowa – The City of Des Moines continues to move closer to outfitting all of its officers with body cameras.

At the statehouse and U.S. capitol, there have been calls for the cameras to be mandatory for all officers, especially considering the recent police-involved deaths in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland.

Des Moines School Resource Officers have already started wearing the cameras, but they could be a part of every officers’ uniform soon.

During a council workshop Monday morning, Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert said the Des Moines Police Department is moving closer to choosing a specific camera system they want to purchase.

"We've begun the testing process for that and we have an eye on the system we are most interested in,” Wingert said. "[The] prototype [is] coming out in June, we’ll give that a test drive as well.”

It would cost $175,000 to put cameras on every officer, and then another $30,000 for a server to store the video.

How the cost of the cameras will be covered is still being decided.