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UConn equipping officers with body cameras

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University of Connecticut (WFSB file photo) University of Connecticut (WFSB file photo)
STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

Starting this semester, the University of Connecticut will equip seven of its police officers with body cameras, according to the university.

The pilot program went into service this month. Eventually, the university hopes the cameras will be on every campus officer by this summer.

UConn Police currently have six officers at the Storrs campus and one at the UConn School of Law.

The cameras record interactions with the public and can be used to verify events or actions when there is a dispute, the press release said.

"UConn Police are committed to serving our community with professionalism and transparency. Body cameras will augment our current program of in-car cameras and we look forward to implementing this technology,” said Barbara O’Connor, UConn’s director of public safety and chief of police.

The cameras are being used because of state Public Act 15-4, passed during the 2015 legislative session. The act requires several state agencies, including UConn, to have body cameras in full use by this July.

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