The city has about 900 officers who will eventually wear body cameras, McNulty said. Currently, there are about 40 motorcycle and bicycle officers piloting the cameras.
Pittsburgh first looked into obtaining body cameras in 2012, “but for whatever reason, based on budget pressures,” no department-wide purchases were made, McNulty said.
Last week, the White House said it wanted to spend $75 million to match local government funding and purchase 50,000 body cameras across the country. Cities including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York are making plans to utilize the equipment.