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Low interest in body cameras by Connecticut police departments

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HARTFORD — Few Connecticut police departments are showing interest in a new state program that encourages them to begin using body cameras.

The state Office of Policy and Management tells The Associated Press that only 12 of the more than 100 law enforcement agencies in the state have contacted the agency about receiving reimbursement under the program for body camera costs.

The $15 million program was approved by Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy and the Legislature last year in the aftermath of several killings of unarmed black men by police across the country.

The program is meant as a way to increase communities’ trust in law enforcement and improve police accountability.

Civil rights and liberties activists say the low interest raises questions about police departments’ commitment to transparency, while police officials say the high cost of video storage and other issues are concerns.

State Police and police departments at state universities were required to use body cameras starting on July 1.

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