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Grand Rapids receives shipment of police body cameras

December 18, 2015
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The Grand Rapids Police Department has received a shipment of body cameras for its officers.

Twenty officers reportedly wore the cameras last night after the department received the first shipment of its order.

The department ordered 298 cameras after a pilot program was held earlier this year.

The Grand Rapids City Commission approved $1.8 million to buy cameras for each city officer.

Grand Rapids officers are to activate the cameras when in contact with the public. That includes during arrest situations, calls for service, field interrogations, vehicle stops, prisoner transports and other activities. 

A number of other Michigan departments and police agencies across the country are considering adding the cameras as a level of transparency during potential clashes with crime suspects or other members of the public.

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