VIDEO: Denver police want body cameras for 800 officers

Kirk Mitchell --- The Denver Post 

Denver Police said Wednesday they hope to equip 800 police officers, including all patrol and traffic officers, with body cameras by 2015.

The cameras will not only protect people who make legitimate complaints, authorities say, the technology should also protect police from false allegations of excessive force.

"The body camera will clear up those moments of conflict," said Denver police chief Robert White.

The equipment will cost about $1.5 million, White said.

In early 2013, White and his staff began evaluating the use of body cameras by Denver police patrol officers.

Officers in District 6, which encompasses LoDo, have been using body cameras as part of a study for two months with great success, White said. The six-month pilot program is intended to study the feasibility of the body cameras.