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Ball to explore body worn cameras for Howard County police officers

Posted at 4:50 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 16:51:00-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and Police Chief Lisa Myers on Friday said they are planning to explore ways to implement the police department with body-worn cameras.

The department went through a pilot program in 2017, but staffing and budget issues prevented body worn cameras from becoming permanent.

“The recent events in our country cannot be ignored, and there are growing calls to action for those in elected office to use their positions to implement change,” said Ball. “This week I’ve had many conversations with Police Chief Lisa Myers and we’ve discussed revisiting the implementation of a body-worn camera program. A previous pilot program from 2017 found three major barriers to implementation: staffing, budget, and adequate space. This moment calls for solutions, and we are working together to overcome these barriers and move this program forward.”

It's unclear when officers would become equipped with cameras.