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Metro Nashville Police Department begins testing body cameras

Four officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) have started wearing body cameras as the department launches the testing and development phase of using body cameras. PHOTO: MNPD

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Four officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) have started wearing body cameras as the department launches the testing and development phase of using body cameras.

A total of 20 officers will begin field trials this week, using body cameras from four different manufacturers. The department will be testing the body cameras to determine which manufacturer is best for use.

The officers will be wearing the cameras during their daily work, though certain instances such as natural death scenes, death notifications, and interviews with children or sex assault victims will no be recorded.

Although the volunteer officers will be downloading the video recorded at the end of each shift during this phase, MNPD says once fully integrated, there will be wireless hotspots in the county for high-speed downloading.

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