Body Cameras Coming for Buffalo Police Officers

Trial run to begin soon

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Buffalo, NY (AP/WBEN) - Police officers in Buffalo will start a pilot body camera program.
   
Mayor Byron Brown announced Tuesday the city is in the process of bidding for body cameras for the city's police department. The agency plans to test 20 body cameras for three months before expanding to about 550.

"I'm really excited about the pilot," said Common Council President Darius Pridgen. "I really believe that it's necessary. I think it protects police. I think it protects people. It tells a story that we often have to interpret later."
  
Brown says the police units that come in contact with members of the community the most will test the cameras first. Brown wants to test the effectiveness of the cameras during the trial run.

The program is scheduled to start sometime in the near future.

"We haven't been formally told the launch date," Pridgen said. "What the council was told was that they are looking at different vendors."
   
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