Torrington police to outfit 65 officers with body cameras, calling equipment proven, effective



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TORRINGTON, Connecticut — Torrington police are asking for nearly $56,000 to equip police officers with body cameras.

The Republican-American reports (http://bit.ly/1wHMViI ) that Police Chief Michael Maniago included $55,835 in his $9.7 million budget request for body cameras for 65 police officers. He says the cameras would be used by every patrol officer and detective.

He says the cameras reduce complaints about officers recording incidents as they occur.

The purchase includes cameras and cloud storage for each camera, training, a service contract and a scheduled replacement of cameras.

Maniago calls body cameras proven and effective.

New London police began testing body cameras last year and officials hoped to equip the department this year.

Federal officials promoted the use of body cameras by police following the shooting death last August of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.


Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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