- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Police Department has begun distributing body-worn cameras to its officers.

Roughly 25 officers were given Taser Axon body-worn cameras at a training session Friday. The officers are the second group to be outfitted with the technology.

The 2,500 cameras are expected to be deployed in five phases through 2018. The city has an $11.6 million contract with Taser International that includes cameras and storage.

Officers were instructed that they should activate their cameras during any interaction with the public, before they turn on their lights and sirens. They are permitted to turn the camera off at the request of a civilian, but are generally required to record all interactions.

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