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Next step in MPD body cameras hits the streets

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The roll out of body cameras for Memphis police officers will speed up later this month, according to Mayor Jim Strickland.

The next big roll out will be at the Crump Station precinct as the city and county continue to work on the proper infrastructure.

"Body cameras and in-car cameras are here," D.A. Amy Weirich said.

Law enforcement officials from across Memphis and Shelby County gathered in one room Wednesday to watch footage from cameras already on the streets.

"A lot of officers like this because when they turn their head, the camera view goes with it," one officer said.

Officers were able to discuss the impact on courts, citizens, and their tax dollars moving forward.

"Body cameras are important and doing it right is important," Strickland said.

Strickland hit the pause button on the roll out process soon after taking office, citing data storage and other concerns. So far, footage from just three officers field-testing the cameras over five months totals more than 375 hours.

"Our goal is to have the next roll out at the Crump Station this month and then beyond that, we don't know yet," Strickland said.

Weirich said the first of 15 "video paralegals" started work this week in her office.

"We're going to do everything in our power to make sure this technology benefits the victims, benefits the criminal justice system," Weirich said.

She did admit there would be bumps along the way and that is why dialog will continue as cameras slowly roll out.

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