- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The Norman Police Department is deploying body-worn cameras with some of its officers in the field as part of a pilot program before they select a vendor to outfit its entire department.

Police spokeswoman Sarah Jensen says 12 officers began wearing cameras Monday as part of a three-week testing period. During that time, officers from patrol, traffic and investigations divisions will wear body cameras from three different vendors.

Jensen says the department hopes to select a vendor and have all officers outfitted with cameras by the end of the year.

A body-camera program initiated by the Oklahoma City Police Department was suspended earlier this year after a dispute with union officials. But Jensen says union leaders in Norman have worked with city officials on developing the city’s policy.

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