- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - Officers with the Detroit Police Department are getting body cameras.

The City Council has approved a $5.2 million contract for 1,500 cameras to be worn by officers and 450 in-car dash cameras.

A federal grant will pay $1 million of the cost.

The city says Tuesday that the first 50 body cameras and 20 vehicle cameras will be deployed next month.

Police Chief James Craig and Mayor Mike Duggan have said the cameras will make the police department more transparent in its interactions with the public. Officers initiated the effort.

Craig says “the most important thing” his department can have “is the trust of the citizens.”

President Barack Obama has promoted the use of body cameras by police after the 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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