- Associated Press - Sunday, October 11, 2015

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Wilmington officials say they are adding 70 body cameras to officers on its police force.

The StarNews (https://goo.gl/ewNjyr ) reports that the cameras will be added to 37 already in operation among the Wilmington Police Department’s 264 officers.

The newspaper says that the new cameras are being funded by a $45,000 state grant combined with $15,000 from the city.

The force also has 170 in-car cameras.

Police Chief Ralph Evangelous has said that his officers are requesting the cameras. The chief says it will protect officers as well as the public.

The chief says he would like to eventually hire a full-time staff member to handle the video from all the cameras.

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