Police departments across Kentucky began outfitting officers with body cameras last year, but don’t expect state troopers to join their ranks anytime soon.
Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer said he supports the idea of equipping the agency’s 1,000 troopers with the cameras, but the cost to do so is too steep.
The state’s most recent budget resulted in a 2.5 percent cut for state police, state budget documents show. With those constraints, body cameras are not a top priority for state police, Brewer said.
“My concern has to be providing the best tools for our troopers to respond in a safe manner — and that’s cars and that’s gasoline,” he told WFPL News after a recent appearance in Louisville.
State police troopers drive nearly 30 million miles each year, Brewer said.