- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence’s police chief says the city will begin outfitting a group of officers with body cameras over the next six weeks.

Chief Col. Hugh Clements tells WPRI-TV (https://bit.ly/1MFXbKA ) Thursday the department’s initial pilot program will consist of 10 officers testing one set of body cameras for 30 days. The officers will then wear cameras provided by a second company for another 30 days.

The test phase will not cost the city. But Clements says he believes it will ultimately cost about $1 million over three years to place cameras on every officer. He says the city plans to seek federal funding to support the program.

A city spokesperson says Mayor Jorge Elorza’s administration will make an announcement on the cameras in the coming weeks.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com


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