- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Boise Police Department has issued 30 body cameras to supervisors and its night police team.

The department gave out the body cameras on Wednesday as part of a staggered rollout of 250 cameras, KTVB-TV (http://bit.ly/25O4HkI ) reported. Police say it will be about a year before all cameras hit the streets.

The department wants to test the cameras on a limited number of officers and fix any problems before they are distributed to the entire force, according to Police Chief Bill Bones.

“Body cameras provide a tool which not only documents the great work officers do each day but improves our training, makes criminal prosecution more efficient and builds trust in the community by providing even greater transparency,” Bones said in a press release.

He said the cameras can also be effective in training officers.

“From a training standpoint, they’re a great tool for us because we get see those interactions - what went right and learn to repeat that,” explained Bones.

The department’s roughly 300 officers already carry audio recorders.

Bones said that once all cameras are assigned, officers will carry one any time they are in uniform. The cameras will be turned on during traffic stops, arrests and other active investigations. Officers will store the videos in a cloud-based system.

“The cameras worn by our officers will continue to document the professionalism our officers exhibit on a daily basis,” said Officer Kole Crofts, president of the Boise Police Union.

Bones has previously said the cameras are expected to cost $56,000 in the first year and half a million dollars over the next five years.

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Information from: KTVB-TV, http://www.ktvb.com/

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