2 proposals pushing to get new body cameras for police in Allegheny County

PITTSBURGH — There are now two proposals to get police officers in Allegheny County new body cameras.

Congressman Conor Lamb is calling for better policing and improved oversight, starting with body cameras. Meanwhile, Allegheny County Council Member Sam DeMarco recently pushed for new legislation that would help police get cameras.

Lamb, who wants body cameras to be used by police departments across Allegheny County, is asking the federal government for $550,000 in funding. However, he also proposed that the Allegheny County Chiefs of Police Association pay for the cameras because there are well over 100 police departments within the county.

Lamb’s proposal comes as DeMarco made his push for body cameras last week. It was supported by an overwhelming number of Allegheny County Council members.

On Thursday night, the Allegheny County Council Committee on Public Safety recommended that council review the benefits and cost of the cameras. Their aim is to buy them before the end of the year.

Council will vote on the proposal on May 11.

Lamb needs approval for funding.