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COVID-19, budget woes to delay full bodycam rollout for Metro police

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Posted at 10:42 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 11:42:40-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The ongoing COVID-19 crisis in Nashville will delay the city in rolling out its full body camera program for Metro police.

Mayor John Cooper said Wednesday during his daily coronavirus update that bodycams are still coming, but for now Metro has to continue using its pilot program, which launched March 1.

Cooper said because of the pandemic and the city’s more than $100 million budget hole, the ability to fund the full program will be delayed. It’s not clear how long.

He said they will release more information about the city’s budget next Tuesday.

“I don’t think it will be a surprise that the city in the current COVID-19 crisis era is not able to find the money to extend this particular program at this time,” said Cooper.

Cooper said the pilot program, which is rolling out 26 cameras, will help determine appropriate vendor decisions and provide the cost of implementing the full program.

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