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Conn. Police Department to Get Wearable Cameras

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HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Hamden police officers will soon have a new addition to their uniforms: wearable cameras that officials hope will cut down on lawsuits against the town and influence better behavior by both officers and the public.

The town’s Legislative Council on Monday approved a bid waiver requested by the police department to buy 36 Taser AXON wearable cameras. The New Haven Register reports the cameras and related equipment will cost about $35,000.

Police officials say the small cameras will be mounted on the officers’ collars. Officers will upload the video to police department computers at the end of their shifts, and the videos will be stored for 30 days.

Police Chief Thomas Wydra says the body cameras are becoming popular and about 20 percent of U.S. police departments have them.

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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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