- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will ask the city council to approve funding for 800 body cameras for the city’s police department in his upcoming budget address.

The $1.1 million price tag includes equipment and IT infrastructure. The mayor is asking the city to foot half of that bill and would seek philanthropic funding to cover the rest.

Kenney says body cameras are “an important step forward” to improve relations between police and residents, which he identified as a priority upon taking office at the beginning of this year.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross has also said body cameras would be a welcome tool to the department and helpful in reducing crime.

Nationally, people complaining of racial bias in policing have called for the increased use of body cameras for greater accountability.

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