Border Agency Holds Off on Widespread Use of Body Cameras

Customs and Border Protection has ordered additional study as it considers whether to equip agents and officers with body cameras.

The move came after a yearlong review at the nation's largest law enforcement agency.

Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske said Thursday the agency will use body cameras for training purposes sometime after January, but he was noncommittal on when, or even if, the devices will be distributed more widely.

He cited cost, technological challenges and need for labor union approval as concerns.

The commissioner asked staff for the additional research by the end of January on using body cameras at Border Patrol checkpoints and other locations. He also asked for a report by the end of March on the possibility of equipping agency vehicles with dashboard cameras.

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