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NYPD finishes equipping patrol officers with body cameras

March 06, 2019 - 6:31 pm
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Police Department says it has finished equipping all uniformed patrol officers with body cameras, completing a rollout pushed back two months after one exploded last fall.

The NYPD said Wednesday that it has handed out about 20,000 cameras and will give about 4,000 to specialized units like emergency services by August.

The department says it is the largest body camera deployment in the U.S.

The NYPD pulled thousands of cameras from service as a precaution after the October explosion. An investigation found it was likely caused by battery damage from a paper clip used to reset the device.

A court ruled last month that body camera footage is subject to public disclosure under New York law. The department says it has recorded about 3.5 million videos since December 2017.