- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Officials in Memphis are discussing plans to hire dozens of full- and part-time employees to help equip police with body cameras and reduce hold times for emergency callers.

According to The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/1SDLjOI ), Mayor Jim Strickland said at a City Council committee meeting Tuesday that the city will need to hire 10 full-time video analysts before it can equip 1,700 police officers with body cameras. District Attorney Amy Weirich needs 15-30 new employees to handle attorney evidence requests, and the public defender’s office also may need more staff.

Strickland suspended the police body camera rollout indefinitely last month. He said he isn’t sure when the body cameras will be field-ready.

Chief Operations Officer Doug McGowen said Strickland also plans to hire 30 part-time 911 dispatchers to reduce hold times.

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