Every NEW ORLEANS POLICE officer assigned to respond to calls is required to wear a camera on his or her person. NOPD keeps footage from those cameras for two years. NOPD also outfits cruisers with dashboard-mounted cameras, and footage is updated wirelessly once the car pulls in to the station.
But that system has been spotty. In 2014, the Independent Police Monitor found body cameras and dash cameras were used in only one of every three cases. NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison told the New Orleans City Council last year that those wireless updates weren't working in three NOPD districts and at its Special Operations Division. While more than three-quarters of the fleet were fitted with the cameras, only five of nine servers were working. Harrison told the Council he ordered new equipment.
According to NOPD spokesperson Tyler A. Gamble, all servers processing that footage now are working properly.