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Police seek more body-worn cameras

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Aldermen Monday will be asked to approve the purchase of an additional 46 Axon body-worn cameras so that every sworn officer in the police department will have one.

The five year contract will cost a total of $327,437. Half of the cost for the first two years will be covered by a federal grant.

The department already has 120 of the cameras, which are asigned to officers in the patrol and traffic units, problem solving team and the special operations group.

The additional 46 cameras would be assigned to detectives and school resource officers.

In a memo to aldermen, Police Chief Richard Eddington says the courts and public have come to expect that body camera footage will be available for an incident and that the cameras help reduce complaints about police behavior and increase accountability to the public.

He says officers report that the Axon system is easy to use and makes it easy to comply with requirements for court.

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