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Some Phoenix Officers To Wear Video Cameras

PHOENIX (AP) — Some police officers working in west Phoenix will be equipped with a new tool when they hit the streets Monday.

The police department and Arizona State University have teamed up to buy 50 on-officer cameras for officers working in the Maryvale precinct so they can record their interactions with the public.

A federal grant of $500,000 is paying for the cameras. It’s all part of a yearlong study to look at the impacts of the cameras on crime and accountability.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/115ok2j) that the cameras are about the size of a pager and will be clipped to the officers’ shirts. The footage — which can’t be edited — will be downloaded at the end of each shift.

Police departments in Mesa, Surprise and Peoria are also testing or implementing the use of on-officer cameras.

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