Columbus police officers begin testing body cameras


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thirty police officers in Ohio’s capital city are wearing body cameras as part of a 10-day test to review the equipment.

The city of Columbus’ Department of Public Safety says the trial is part of its process to select a vendor for the cameras.

The officers, who volunteered to participate, were issued one of six camera models on Tuesday. The cameras will be readily visible to residents who encounter the uniformed officers.

The city said the officers work various patrol assignments in different parts of the city. They will compare the different models and provide feedback. Testing ends Aug. 12.

The department hopes to have some officers outfitted with body cameras by the end of this year.

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