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Albany police add body cameras

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President Obama calls for more funding for body cameras to help improve relationships between officers and their communities.

The Albany Police department purchased about 100 body cameras 5 years ago and is currently testing three different types for purchase to replace what's being used.

They said they're interested in going after some of the proposed 263 million grant money.

The White House requested the funding for police body cameras after the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. APD said the camera's can help in situations like Ferguson and simpler things like writing police reports.

"You can only takes notes so fast when you're asking questions and somebody is asking them. You want to make sure you get everything just right. Also in the case against officers it helps to show what's going on. We need to keep in mind the camera don's show the whole picture but they show more than he say she say,” Major Russell Barnes, Albany police.

The program will need congressional approval in order to pay for the police body cameras.

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