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Some Grand Rapids cops now wearing body cameras

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Body cameras for Grand Rapids police officers have started coming in.

WOOD-TV and The Grand Rapids Press report that 20 officers wore the cameras Thursday night after the city received its first shipment of the equipment.

The department has ordered 298 cameras. A pilot program was held earlier this year.

A number of other Michigan departments and police agencies across the country are considering adding the cameras as a level of transparency during potential clashes with crime suspects or other members of the public.

The Grand Rapids City Commission approved $1.8 million to buy cameras for each city officer.

Grand Rapids officers are to activate the cameras when in contact with the public. That includes during arrest situations, calls for service, field interrogations, vehicle stops, prisoner transports and other activities.

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