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Columbus police to wear body cameras

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Updated: 8/30 1:03 pm

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The Columbus Police Department has ordered 50 video cameras for officers to begin wearing this fall.

Patrol Division Capt. Fred Shelton tells a local newspaper the cameras should be available in October.

Shelton says the cameras will be mounted on officers' sunglasses and will record interactions from the officers' point-of-view.

He says at the end of each shift, the footage will upload to a computer the department can access,

Shelton says the police department receives about 100 civilian complaints every year.

He says the cameras will increase the department's ability to assess the validity of complaints with visual evidence.

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