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Body Cameras on the way for Natchez PD
from Staff Reports - NEWS
September 27, 2017 -

By John Mott Coffey

The Natchez Police Department will be able to acquire body cameras for its officers with about $32,000 the Board of Aldermen agreed to provide Tuesday.

The money will bring 30 cameras to the NPD, which currently has 37 active-duty officers, said Police Chief Walter Armstrong. They will wear the cameras while on patrol to record their interactions with suspects. This will provide more transparency and accountability of what happens. There has been a national movement in recent years for law-enforcement officers to wear body cams. This was prompted by cases of police officers shooting unarmed suspects.

The body-camera purchase plan Armstrong presented Tuesday has the city paying $31,800 for 30 cameras the first year and paying another $10,500 in each of the following years. The cameras will come with associated equipment for recharging them and the cloud technology for storing video. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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