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Bennington police equipped with body and vehicle cameras

September 14, 2017 06:11 PM

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont town's police department has been fully equipped with body and vehicle cameras.

The Bennington Banner reports six police cruisers and 24 officers in the Bennington Police Department were issued video cameras that record at all times.

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Police Chief Paul Doucette revealed the cameras Wednesday, calling them a "great addition" to the department.

The company supplying the cameras says they automatically start recording when the police cruiser is started. Doucette says the cameras will stay on officers' shirts during the event of a confrontation or if the officer is running.

Voters approved the town budget of close to $120,000 for the cameras in March.

Doucette says the cameras will help make officers better at their jobs and lead to more plea agreements.

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Information from: Bennington Banner, http://www.benningtonbanner.com

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