Border Patrol is a step closer to getting body cameras for their agents… whether they want or not.
President Obama is ready to spend $5 million to step up border security. That money is set aside to get cameras on agents’ bodies and in Border Patrol vehicles.
The agency did months of studying on the technology. The study states body cameras may offer benefits by reducing allegations and complaints and lowering the likelihood of use of force incidents.
An agent from the National Border Patrol Council, out of Laredo, said body cameras aren’t going to help secure the border. Member Hector Garza said, “We’ve been asking the agency to invest that money in resources that will help support border security.”
Hector Garza said the money can go toward better infrastructure. Garza said the agency needs, “radio towers, so that our Border Patrol agents can have the ability to communicate with another, while they are out there working in the fields. As you can imagine, not having the proper communication in the middle of the desert or in the middle of the ranch land is a significant and serious officer safety concern.”
The agent said he hopes the agency puts American tax dollars in the right place.
The proposed body cameras won’t be used by every agent. The study recommends agents working at check points or high-risk areas of operation to be equipped with body cameras.
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