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Body cams to be worn by Phoenix police

Phoenix police officers will soon have a new perspective.

The Phoenix police department, along with the Arizona State University College of Public Programs, received a $500,000 federal grant to purchase 50 on-officer cameras for the Maryvale precinct.

The grant will allow both Phoenix police and ASU to examine the impact the cameras have on crime, officer satisfaction and police accountability.

"This grant will allow us to further our department's commitment to community-based policing while maintaining the public trust," said Acting Police Chief Joe Yahner in a press release. "The technology that this grant will provide will enhance our officers' ability to provide quality police service in keeping with the highest standards of the Phoenix Police Department."

Phoenix police have already piloted an on-officer camera program earlier this year in both the South Mountain and Cactus Park precincts.

Two of the original on-camera officers, who partook in the pilot program, complimented the department for pursuing the grant.

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