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Body camera pilot program begins

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police hope to fully implement the use of body cameras within their department by the year 2015.

On Monday, 17 officers received body cameras to film their daily duties. The cameras are part of a pilot program that runs through December. The goal is to promote accountability and transparency within the police force.

The officers with the cameras at their disposable will be the ones deciding whether or not to record. However, if an officer chooses not to record they will have to explain their decision. Police also have to comply with Washington law that states a person must know they are being recorded. 

Police body cameras help reduce complaints and lawsuits, according to a study from the Department of Justice. The study says cameras improve behavior both from police and citizens.

Police are hoping this will not only be a useful tool in tough situations, but that it will also show the times officers help save lives and make a difference in the community.
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