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Phoenix police roll out new body cameras

Posted at 12:29 PM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 20:19:35-04

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Police Department is debuting its new system of body cameras for on-duty officers.

Phoenix police say the Axon body-worn cameras go live Monday.

Patrol officers and supervisors at a precinct in the city's Maryvale neighborhood were the first to receive them.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson says the department spent a great deal of time researching the best camera system for the department.

The City Council in February approved a five-year $5.7 million contract with Scottsdale-based Axon Enterprise to provide for cameras for 2,000 officers and maintain video.

The city previously had a 2013 pilot program that provided the department with 300 cameras. Those will be replaced with the new ones.