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Wilmington Mayor Orders Study on Police Body Cameras

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The mayor of Wilmington is calling for a study of implementing the use of body cameras by city police officers.

Mayor Dennis Williams signed an executive order Friday calling for police Chief Bobby Cummings to oversee the study.

The order comes after President Barack Obama said the federal government will provide $20 million to police departments for body cameras, the first installment in a three-year program budgeted at $75 million.

Advocates say body cameras can be an effective tool in monitoring the actions and behavior of police officers and citizens they encounter, increasing transparency and accountability.

Law enforcement officials have said that while body cameras have potential benefits, their use requires careful consideration of issues including privacy and technology standards. 
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