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Hazelwood to equip police officers with body cameras

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HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Hazelwood officials are preparing to equip many of their officers with body cameras.

City officials presented their plan to residents on Monday night. The city’s police department has 66 sworn officers, their goal is to acquire 45 cameras.

One Hazelwood resident told News 4 he likes the idea of body cameras saying they will bring accountability to the department and ease any possible tensions, but the same resident said he is concerned about the cost long-term.

The police department has a federal grant that will pick-up half the costs for the cameras, which is expected to be around $112,000.

The department has a written policy about the cameras and hopes it will be approved in the next few weeks.

“Officers will be required to turn on cameras in basically all public contacts except the most brief of instances,” said Lt. Tim Burger with Hazelwood Police. “We don’t want a tidbit of video, we want to see the whole video of an incident and how it unfolded.”

Once the department’s camera policy is approved, officers will shop around and test out cameras before they begin training their officers on how to use them. Officials hope the cameras will be in use by Spring or Summer of 2018.

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