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All EPD officers to be equipped with body cameras

Evansville police officers will soon be equipped with more body cameras after an incident involving an officer and an Evansville firefighter. 

There's been a lot of talk about the cameras lately, and now, 14 News is told they will soon be mandatory for all Evansville police officers.

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke confirmed to 14 News that the city has found a way to pay for the cameras and he wants to get them on the streets as soon as possible.  

The video of what has become a very public traffic stop was taken with a body camera. Mayor Winnecke says he believes once the cameras are on the streets, they will cut down on a lot of the he said/he said complaints the public has with the department.  

"The police department has been trying different models of cameras. The last one that they want to test is due this week, and as soon as they evaluate which model, which type of technology they want, then we'll proceed with purchasing the cameras initially for all uniformed officers," Mayor Winnecke said.

The mayor told 14 News that those cameras will be purchased using money collected during drug raids. That way they money won't have to be put into the budget.

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