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Arizona Department of Public Safety to provide body cameras to troopers with phased-in plan

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Posted at 10:30 AM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 20:40:23-04

Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers will be receiving body cameras as part of a new proposal announced Wednesday.

Private-sector suppliers will be gradually providing troopers with cameras, according to Governor Doug Ducey's office.

DPS will provide 150 cameras to troopers throughout the state in both rural and urban areas, as well as training troopers on their use and policies.

There was no word on how long it would take to roll out the plan, or how many troopers around Arizona are without body cameras.

During the upcoming legislative session, Governor Ducey will reportedly be working with lawmakers to secure funding for a body camera for every trooper.

In recent weeks, Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel sent letters to Ducey and other elected leaders, in the State House and Senate, calling for body cameras for all Arizona law enforcement officers. She specifically mentioned the recent death of Dion Johnson at the hands of the DPS motorcycle trooper, who was not equipped with a body nor dash camera.

Earlier this year, Ducey proposed funding for trooper body cameras, but COVID-19 forced that plan to be put on hold.