- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Police agencies in Chattanooga are taking the first steps toward outfitting officers with body-mounted cameras.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (https://bit.ly/1yYasKJ ) reports that two donors are giving $25,000 to a law enforcement foundation so the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and Chattanooga Police Department can buy a handful of body cameras for officers to test the technology.

The agencies plan to split the money.

The sheriff’s department expects to purchase six cameras. Chattanooga police estimate the money will pay for eight to 12 cameras. Both agencies will test the cameras before deciding whether to put them on all officers.

The cameras will give the public, court system and victims a street-level view of how officers perform their duties.

Local law enforcement leaders say the cameras also offer a new layer of protection against false complaints.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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