TUPELO — The Tupelo City Council has approved the purchase of 75 body cameras at a total cost of around $60,000.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the body cameras have been on Police Chief Bart Aguirre’s wish list for more than a year. The department field tested two different models earlier this year before deciding to order from Watch Guard, the same system used for the in-car cameras.
Aguirre says the cameras will be used by patrolmen, as well as motorcycle officers and K-9 handlers.
Both cameras will start recording when the blue lights are activated, but they can also be turned on manually.