All NYPD officers to wear body cameras by end of 2018
De Blasio, joined by Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill, spoke at a news conference about fast-tracking funds as part of a preliminary budget, to be announced on Thursday.
"We are on track to have all precinct, transit and housing commands citywide up and running with body cameras by the end of this year," O'Neill said.
De Blasio added that the rapid funding for the cameras would lead to "fairer, faster and grow trust between police and communities."
NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker said by the end of the year, 17,100 officers will be equipped with body cameras.
"We see the benefits of body-worn cameras continually, and as a result we were able to prioritize the rollout because of those benefits," Tucker said.
Recruits to the NYPD will start training with the body cameras, starting this summer. ■