LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Metro officers soon will start recording more than just names and license plate numbers.
About 400 officers will begin recording video through the use of so-called body cameras beginning in February.
The idea of officers wearing cameras to record encounters with the public has been discussed and tested for more than a year. It will be officially implemented as a pilot program.
Metro recently received a grant from the National Institute of Justice that will cover the cost of 200 cameras for officers. The department will foot the bill for the remaining 200 cameras. Metro estimates the total cost for all cameras and equipment to be about $1.5 million.
Officers in the northeast and western command areas will be the first to don cameras as part of the pilot program. Metro has not said if it plans to expand the program to include officers in other areas.
The department says video recorded by officers will be useful in the review of use-of-force cases and other internal investigations.
Veteran officers will have the choice as to whether they want to wear cameras. However, Metro says officers hired after July 11, 2013, will be required to wear body cameras.