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More Officers Scheduled To Receive Body Cameras In 2017, Mayor Announces


After outfitting just 12 Columbus Police officers with body-worn cameras in 2016, Mayor Andrew Ginther said in a press conference Thursday that 70 officers in the department's traffic bureau are scheduled to wear the cameras by the end of January.

The end of the yearwas Ginther's original proposed deadline for outfitting officers with body cameras. 

Bicycle unit officers are set to wear the cameras by May. City officials have said it will take three years to fully outfit the city's 1,400 officers with body-worn cameras. 

Officials promised videos recorded by the body cams would be open public records, but they called for changes in state law to clarify what footage should be redacted to protect individuals privacy. 

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