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Every Chicago patrol officer now equipped with body camera

By Randi Belisomo and Mike Lowe,

Every Chicago patrol officer is now equipped with a body camera and the Chicago Police Department is now equipped with the largest deployment of them in the nation.

On Sunday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the more than two-year rollout project throughout the city is complete. About 7,000 officers will be outfitted with body cameras and it’s all happening a year ahead of the expected timeline.

This effort to increase transparency, improve officer accountability and strengthen community trust began in 2015 on the Northwest Side in response to a number of shootings by Chicago officers.


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