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UConn police to begin wearing body cameras this month

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STORRS — Police officers at the University of Connecticut will begin wearing body cameras this month.

The school announced Friday that seven officers are being equipped with the cameras for use during the spring semester in a pilot program.

Plans call for expanding that pilot program to comply with a state law that requires several agencies, including UConn, to have all officers wearing the devices by July 1.

“UConn Police are committed to serving our community with professionalism and transparency. Body cameras will augment our current program of in-car cameras and we look forward to implementing this technology,” said Barbara O’Connor, UConn’s director of public safety and chief of police.

The UConn Police Department has selected six officers at the Storrs campus and one at the UConn School of Law to begin wearing the cameras.

UConn Police have used in-car cameras in many of their police vehicles for years, and will follow the policy on body-worn cameras as set out by the state’s Police Officer Standards and Training Council.

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