The Pittsburgh Police Bureau may put cameras and microphones in its cruisers. The City Council has approved spending $135,000 for the equipment. Police say recording what happens in their vehicles will help provide evidence against suspects who become unruly while in custody. The recordings could also provide evidence if officers are accused of misconduct.
Police also plan to spend $100,000 on specialty vehicles that can transport large numbers of officers at a time. They say the need came to light as they were planning for potential celebrations following the Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh police had planned to borrow vehicles and equipment from surrounding municipalities in the event they needed to mobilize large numbers of officers at once.