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Rochester Police Department to get body cameras

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Posted at 10:17 AM, Dec 19, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-14 10:17:54-05

The Rochester Police Department is joining the growing number of law enforcement agencies that equip their officers with body cameras.

Mayor Lovely Warren announced Thursday that the city, the department and the police union have reached an agreement on the initiative.

Warren says the city began looking into the use of body cameras well before police incidents elsewhere in the U.S. sparked national interest in the technology. Officials say details of Rochester's program are still being worked out.

Police officers in the Rochester suburbs of Greece and Gates use body cameras. Monroe County, which includes Rochester, has plans to try out the devices for its sheriff's deputies.

The calls for increased use of body cameras nationwide grew more intense after a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri.