Two companies, Safety Vision and Digital Alley, donated around 50 body cameras to the Ferguson police department after the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown three weeks ago.
The body cameras are attached to uniforms and record audio and video. Police chief Tom Jackson said the cameras are being assigned to each squad and each officer will get one. “We are still playing with them,” Jackson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Jackson said officers were “really enjoying” the cameras and were “trying to get used to using them.” Some officers have been specially trained to use the cameras.
On Thursday, both Houston and New York City police announced plans to provide officers with body cameras. Columbia’s police department is also set to begin testing body cameras, MSNBC reported.