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Buffalo Police to receive body cameras in the new year

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Posted at 4:25 PM, Dec 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-29 16:27:35-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo Common Council signed a deal Friday to purchase over 500 body cameras, according to Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo.

In July, 7 Eyewitness News gave you an exclusive look into the Buffalo Police body camera pilot program.

The full patrol force will receive the body cameras, the city is purchasing them from Axon.

It was originally believed officers would receive them in the fall, earlier this month it was announced they would receive them at the start of 2019.

Captain Rinaldo says the body cameras will be rolled out district-by-district, with training required, so the over 500 cameras will not immediately be in use.

There is not set date for when the full patrol is expected to be equipped at this time.

Over the course of five years, the body cameras will cost around $2 million.