- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 29, 2016

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - City leaders in Pine Bluff are considering a budget proposal that includes body cameras for the city’s police department.

The Pine Bluff Safety Commission approved a budget request last week that included about $65,000 for the police department to purchase 45 body cameras. According to the Pine Bluff Commercial (https://bit.ly/2gCp4xw ), officers now wear lapel microphones but do not have body cameras.

Police Chief Jeff Hubanks says the body cameras will protect the public from potential abuses and police officers from false accusations. He says officers would be instructed to turn on the body cameras when responding to an incident, like they currently do with the lapel microphones and dashboard cameras.

The Pine Bluff City Council is set to vote on the 2017 budget in December.

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Information from: Pine Bluff Commercial, https://www.pbcommercial.com

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