- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Officials with the Asheville Police Department say their officers plan to wear body cameras as they patrol public housing communities beginning next month.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (https://avlne.ws/295sOQU) the officers will pilot the body worn camera program for 30 days starting July 4. Police spokeswoman Christina Hallingse said the department didn’t want people in the public housing communities to be surprised by the cameras.

Hallingse said the 10-person housing unit was chosen to test out the new technology because most of its officers are out of their cars and walking in the streets. She said the program will be implemented in phases and, depending on budget allocations, by 2019 every officer should be equipped with cameras.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com

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