The question of costs down the road is not inconsequential.
A 2018 report done by the Police Executive Research Forum looked at three cities that had deployed these cameras, including Mesa and Phoenix.
At the time the report said Mesa police had 330 cameras, enough for 44% of its personnel, at a cost of $120 for each camera.
But the study also said the costs of maintenance and data storage are bundled together for a per-camera cost of $1,147. And on top of that there is another $931 per camera in costs of administrative staff to fulfill public records requests.
Phoenix police reported bundled costs of $1,206 per camera. But adding it staff for public records requests, tech staffing and everything brings the total annual cost to $2,883.
Separately, reports show the Spokane, Washington, police department was spending $310,000 every year to use and store the video footage of its 271 cameras – nearly 2.1 terabytes of video every 30 days – in the cloud storage of AXON, one of the larger sellers of these cameras. And a police spokesman said his agency has agreed to pay the company $1.5 million for five years of video storage, from 2017 to 2021.
DPS figures it has close to 700 patrol officers, meaning this initial deployment, when it comes, will cover only about one out of every five troopers who are out dealing with the public.