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Baltimore Police to Start Wearing Body Cameras in May

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BALTIMORE (AP)- Hundreds of Baltimore police officers will start wearing body cameras while on patrol in May.
    
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced at a news conference Thursday that the city is finalizing a $11.6 million contract with Taser International that includes 2,500 cameras and storage.
    
The cameras will be deployed in five phases, equipping 500 officers at a time starting in May and ending in January 2018. Rawlings-Blake says the company will also store footage from police transport van cameras. The department selected Taser International cameras after a pilot program last fall.
    
The deal goes to the Board of Estimates next week for final approval.
    
Davis says once the program is in full swing, the department will be the nation's largest with a comprehensive body camera program.

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