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Cincinnati City leaders set new goal: Body cams for cops by Dec. 31

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CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

A motion by the city’s Law and Public Safety Committee set a goal of Dec. 31, 2015 for Cincinnati Police officers to be outfitted with body cameras.

Leaders will ask the police administration to provide a detailed body cam plan within the next month. That plan should be developed with an end-of-year goal in mind, according to a law and public safety committee agenda.

The city applied for a $600,000 federal grant to help cover costs to get cameras for all Cincinnati police officers. The estimated cost to outfit all 600 uniformed officers is anywhere from $500,000 to $1.5 million.

Former Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell hoped to have officers outfitted with cams by Summer 2016. It is not clear if the new motion was brought to the table in light of his firing on Wednesday.

The details of the motion will be discussed at a Law and Public Safety Committee meeting Monday.

The motion also asks for a report on the benefits of reinstating the Cincinnati Mounted Patrol division.

Council members want the police administration to explain how a mounted division could have benefited during a violent melee on Fountain Square in June in addition to major downtown events and functions. The report should provide costs for reinstatement in 2017.

In July, Blackwell said the department planned to re-initiate a permanent mounted unit after they were eliminated several years ago. 

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