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Carmel police getting 120 body cameras

City leaders used an $80,000 federal grant to fund the first phase of a five-year, no-interest lease for the cameras plus another 100 in-car cameras.

CARMEL, Ind. (WTHR) — Police officers in Carmel have 120 new body cameras to wear while out on patrol.

City leaders used an $80,000 federal grant to fund the first phase of a five-year, no-interest lease for the cameras, plus another 100 in-car cameras. All officers are slated to be trained on the body cameras and be issued their own by the end of the week.

"For more than 20 years, the Carmel Police Department has used the latest technology to be as efficient and transparent as possible," Carmel Police Chief Jim Barlow said in a statement. "These new body cams, will help us increase transparency and efficiency, while offering greater protection to the community through increased evidence gathering."

This project was three years in the making. Over the next five years, CPD will spend another $1.7 million on the body cameras, in-car cameras, new interview room cameras and tasers.