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Metro says every officer will have body cams by end of year

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Body camera footage was shown during a Las Vegas Metro police news conference on the Dec. 31, 2015 officer-involved shooting in the west valley. (Source: LVMPD) Body camera footage was shown during a Las Vegas Metro police news conference on the Dec. 31, 2015 officer-involved shooting in the west valley. (Source: LVMPD)
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Situations involving police shootings around the country - in Tulsa, OK; Charlotte, NC; and even Las Vegas - have highlighted the need for police body cameras. People often want to see and hear what happens between officers and suspects.

Officer Larry Hadfield, with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, understands, and agrees the public should be able to see these videos.

“LVMPD has been involved in this project for quite a few years now,” he said. “[LVMPD] seems to be one of the leading police departments when it comes to this technology." 

Currently, about 900 Metro police officers have body cams. 

“Hopefully by the end of the year, all uniformed officers will have a body uniform camera," Hadfield said.   

Outfitting every officer with a camera means the department will be rolling out at least a thousand more cameras.

“I think with all the things happening nationally, [body cams] are just a part of policing now,” Hadfield said. 

Each officer body camera costs about $1,000, a cost Hadfield says is worth it.

“This is a good thing for the police department and a great thing for the community," he said. 

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