LAPD body cameras coming to officers downtown

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Downtown Angelenos may be the first to encounter their local Los Angeles Police Department officer equipped with a new on-body camera.

Police Commission President Steve Soboroff says Tuesday that 30 Los Angeles Police Department officers in Central Area, which covers downtown, have volunteered for field tests. They patrol major sections of the area by foot.

Sgt. Dan Gomez says the cameras will be used as soon as the department has drafted policies governing their use. According to a memo sent out by Soboroff, those details will be decided in a January meeting. The public will also be able to weigh in online and before the civilian oversight board.

Soboroff privately raised more than $1.2 million to eventually equip hundreds of officers with on-body cameras to increase accountability and reduce complaints.