- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Police officers at the University of Connecticut will begin wearing body cameras this month.

The school announced Friday that seven officers are being equipped with the cameras for use during the spring semester.

Plans call for expanding that pilot program to comply with a state law that requires several agencies, including UConn, to have all officers wearing the devices by July 1.

Barbara O’Connor, the school’s director of public safety and police chief, says the university already uses cameras in its cruisers and believes the body cameras will provide an extra level of transparency.

She says the cameras will record all interactions with the public, and can be used to verify events and actions that may come into dispute.

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