Courtesy CBS46
Courtesy CBS46

The Atlanta City Council approved the purchase of 1,200 body worn cameras and video storage equipment for members of the Atlanta Police Department at a cost of $5.6 million during Monday’s meeting.

The City of Atlanta is engaged with TASER International to purchase body worn cameras and video evidence storage system. TASER cameras are used by 34 major cities in the United States. The authorizing legislation was sponsored by City Councilmember Kwanza Hall.

“I would like to thank Mayor Reed and Chief Turner for their leadership on this important issue, as well as the Department of Procurement for getting us to this point in an expeditious fashion,” Hall said. “I am also grateful to my colleagues on the Atlanta City Council. Our vote today sends a strong message that we want our officers to be equipped with every tool they need to ensure their safety and that we are committed to transparency for our citizens in their interactions with law enforcement.”

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.