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Covington Police begin use of body cameras

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The Covington Police Department is the latest Mid-South Police Department to roll out the use of body cameras.

A grant helped the department buy 27 cameras for around $26,000.

"It's accountability for our officers; it's public safety for our citizens," said Covington Mayor Justin Hanson.

Officers are required to record every call they are sent out on. The cameras record video, audio, and snapshots. The camera system also does not allow an officer to delete any of the recorded footage.

"This day and time, I think it's so important for transparency," said Chief Buddy Lewis.

The camera footage is stored for 90 days before it is deleted. If there is a complaint from a citizen, the footage can be stored for longer.

"Let our people know that we are wanting them to see what we are doing,” said Chief Buddy Lewis.

Other small police departments like the Walls, Mississippi, Police Department have also taken this step while the Memphis Police Department, despite a September 1 roll out date, is still working on getting them in service.

So far, Covington Police Chief Buddy Lewis says the cameras were worth every cent.

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