- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The Tupelo City Council has approved the purchase of 75 body cameras at a total cost of around $60,000.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1Nr6Eo9) the body cameras have been on Police Chief Bart Aguirre’s wish list for more than a year. The department field tested two different models earlier this year before deciding to order from Watch Guard, the same system used for the in-car cameras.

Aguirre says the cameras will be used by patrolmen, as well as motorcycle officers and K-9 handlers.

Both cameras will start recording when the blue lights are activated, but they can also be turned on manually.

Aguirre has already started looking at the policy and procedures of other agencies to determine who can request copies of videos and how the videos should be disseminated.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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