Everett Police may test out body cameras

EVERETT, Wash. -- The Everett Police Department may soon equip a handful of officers with body cameras, recording interactions with the public up close and personal.

The Daily Herald reports it's part of a pilot program that the department wants to start with 10 cameras. Police Chief Dan Templeman said he has been exploring the idea since 2016.

The department allocated $100,000 in the 2019 budget to buy 50 cameras. But the plan for now is to start small and evaluate.

To measure success, the department will track the number of times that officers use force, the number of assaults against police, community complaints, on-the-job injuries and guilty pleas made before trial.

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