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New York City police announce pilot program for cameras worn by officers

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NEW YORK — New York City police are launching a pilot program to test cameras worn by officers.

Commissioner William Bratton said Thursday the New York Police Department will distribute 60 of the cameras to patrol officers in the coming weeks.

Bratton calls the cameras "the next wave" and predicts they will become as common as radios and bulletproof vests.

The commissioner says the nation's largest police department is moving ahead with the program independent of a pending court order mandating it try out the technology to help avoid illegal stops of minorities. The order is still under appeal.

One version of the cameras being tested is worn behind the ear. Another is clipped to the front of the uniform.

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