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Los Angeles Police Department testing officer body cameras downtown

LAPD officers patrolling downtown Los Angeles will soon be equipped with on-body cameras.

December 18, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Downtown Los Angeles residents might be the first to encounter a LAPD officer equipped with a new on-body camera.

On Tuesday, Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said that 30 Los Angeles Police Department officers have volunteered for field tests. The officers patrol major sections of the Central area of Los Angeles, including downtown, by walking.

Sgt. Dan Gomez said the cameras will be used as soon as the department drafts policies regarding their usage. Those details are expected to be decided in a public meeting scheduled for January.

Soboroff privately raised more than $1.2 million to supply about 600 on-body cameras, which he hopes will increase accountability and reduce complaints.

Director Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, former mayor Richard Riordan, media giant Casey Wasserman and the Los Angeles Dodgers were among 25 donors who helped fund the camera effort.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.