- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

SOLDOTNA, Alaska (AP) - Soldotna police officers are training to use body cameras in their everyday work.

Officers are training for the next few weeks before the full Soldotna Police Department will be equipped with the cameras, according to KTUU-TV (https://bit.ly/1O4Db8S).

Devices cost between $300 and $400 each and attach to the officer’s uniform. The cameras will be turned on during traffic stops or interactions with the public. When officers end their shift they will dock the cameras on chargers that automatically send the day’s video recordings to a cloud server for storage.

“It provides transparency for everybody if we have a video,” said Chief Peter Mlynarik. “If there’s a discrepancy, we can have that to show.”

He said the new equipment shouldn’t be a huge change to law enforcement because officers are already used to using vehicle dashboard cameras and audio recording.

Soldotna officers have the benefit of seeing neighboring Kenai use the body cameras for the past few months. Officers there started using the cameras in July.

“So far the feedback has been positive,” Kenai Police Chief Gus Sandahl said.

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Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com

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