Jeffersonville police trying different body camera models

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File photo of a police body camera.

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (February 28, 2016) — A southern Indiana police department is switching to a different maker of body cameras after testing one brand for about eight months.

Jeffersonville Police Sgt. Isaac Parker says the department began testing new products last month after having problems with battery life and camera lenses. Parker says three specific products are being tested, but the number being tested has been lowered. He says as the department finds a camera that works, it will increase its supply.

Police body cameras and the footage they produce have been debated in the Legislature. The Senate Judiciary Committee last week approved changes in a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to publicly release body-camera video if the recordings might show officers using excessive force or violating someone’s civil rights.

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