Body Cameras 'Not Crucial' to Department of Public Safety

Aug 17, 2018

No department video exists of the night a rookie Arizona trooper was fatally shot on the job because the Arizona Department of Public Safety doesn't have body cameras nor are all department vehicles equipped with dash cameras.

Body cameras designed to be worn by law enforcement officers
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Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves says the department has neither requested body-worn cameras for its troopers nor has it looked into how much they would cost.

He says the technology, while nice to have, is not crucial to the department's mission.

The Arizona Republic reported Thursday that the lack of video may become significant as the court cases into the death of Tyler Edenhofer progress.

Edenhofer was fatally shot July 25 during a nighttime scuffle-turned-shooting.

It was his 52nd day with the department.