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BPD to start wearing body cameras in May

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Posted at 11:01 AM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 11:01:01-05
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 an $11.6 million contract with Taser International that includes 2,500 cameras and storage. 
 
The cameras will be deployed in five phases through January 2018. Rawlings-Blake says the company will also store footage from transport van cameras. 
 
The deal goes to the Board of Estimates next week for final approval. Departments nationwide are being urged to use cameras in light of several fatal shootings by police.