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Body Cameras Approved For Police In Bethlehem

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Selectmen in the town of Bethlehem have approved body cameras for police officers.

The cameras will be chest-worn devices that can record for five or six hours. Plans are for police to start using them in August.

The Caledonian Record reports that each of Bethlehem's seven police officers will have one for motor vehicle stops and dispatched calls. Individuals pulled over or stopped must be notified the camera is on.

Police in other towns have been using body cameras, such as Haverhill and Weare.

New Hampshire lawmakers are looking at legislation that would require state police to wear body cameras, a practice that police departments across the country are examining following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

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