- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - A Hancock County jury wants body-worn cameras for all patrol officers with the sheriff’s office and the Bay St. Louis, Waveland and Diamondhead police departments.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1ou0bUL) the grand jury made the recommendation in its final report for a six-month term that started in August and ended earlier this month.

The recommendation asks that “all political entities” look into funding so all patrol officers can wear body cams.

Body cams are a growing trend nationwide, a practice the U.S. Justice Department recommends to improve transparency, document police performance and interaction with the public, and for investigating complaints, crimes and officer-involved incidents.

Six of 11 police departments across Harrison, Hancock and Jackson counties have body cams for all their patrol officers.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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