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2 Heartland law enforcement agencies testing, buying body cameras

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The Paducah Police Department joined a growing number of law enforcement agencies adopting body cameras.

Starting Nov. 1, every officer will wear a body camera while on duty.

This was a big investment for the city of Paducah. It paid $105,000 for 65 body cameras for the department.

Along with the cameras, the money pays for video storage and two software updates.

Patrolman Josh Bryant said officers have undergone training on how to use the cameras.

While patrol cars are already equipped with cameras, these body cameras will create a second layer of accountability and transparency.

The Cape Girardeau Police Department is currently testing four body cameras. They had previously tested some with a different company.

Sergeant Adam Glueck said while they are in the testing phase, they don't have any plans to buy body cameras right now. However, some officers have bought their own.

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