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Lancaster Police Department Tests Mini Video Cameras

LANCASTER (Jen French)—Police officers are getting a new set of eyes. The Lancaster Police Department is testing mini cameras that can attach to their uniforms.

The department received a $30,000 grant this year to purchase the gear. So far, they only have three cameras from two different companies. Members of the department are taking turns using them to see which ones they prefer.

Sgt. Matt Chambers said the devices are no secret. When citizens are aware they’re being recorded, Chambers said they tend to behave better. He added  the recordings are also useful in court.

"We can sit down and tell the story or show video, and when you show video that's pretty powerful stuff,” Sgt. Chambers said.

The cameras are getting tested for a 30-day period. Depending on the model, each camera can range between $900 and $1,200. Chambers said they hope to use the remaining grant money to purchase more cameras later this year.

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