ST. LOUIS (AP) — Almost half of St. Louis County police officers will be wearing video cameras while on duty starting this month.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports) several companies are lending the technology for free to police departments in hopes of landing contracts with the organizations.
The county says 188 police officers will be using the cameras within two weeks. About 24 officers received cameras and training on Tuesday.
Chief Jon Belmar says his goal is to have all 465 patrol officers wearing them as soon as possible.
Belmar says the department wants to take steps to ensure the public's trust after protests and rallies in Ferguson, where a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.