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North Charleston Police Department begins testing body cameras

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the North Charleston Police Department say the department has begun field testing body cameras. 

"At the moment, 37 are being field tested," said NCPD spokesman Spencer Pryor."The second order of 150 cameras have not been received and we are awaiting a ship date from the manufacturer."

According to police, the department is also in the final phase of a Body Worn Camera policy. 

"Once the policy has been approved, department personnel will receive the appropriate training and the cameras will be deployed," Pryor said. "The final approved policy will be made available to both the public and media."

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey announced in April that body cameras were on the way for North Charleston police officers. Summey also had announced he made an executive decision to purchase an additional 150 body cameras so that every officer that is on the street in uniform will have one.

"Once the cameras come in, we have to train them on operation of the camera, but we also have to establish a policy," Summey said. "We have already been drafting a policy through the police department for our legal department to look at and make sure it passes muster."

The announcement in April came at a press conference held by Summey and Police Chief Eddie Driggers after Summey had visited the family of Walter Scott.

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