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Marana Police Department gets new body cameras

Posted at 6:00 PM, Jul 08, 2016

Marana Police Department received 60 new body cameras for patrol, patrol supervisors and motorcycle units.

The department hasn't had a form of surveillance for awhile. 

"The vendor making those dash cams no longer services them or no longer updates the software so we are not able to use those cameras anymore," said Sgt. Chris Warren with MPD. 

This equipment is the first for this department. TASER International's Axon body camera has a 142 degree view. 

"Anything that this captures, there is no way for the officer to delete it," he explained. 
 
The department has unlimited HD video and audio that saves on an internal hard drive. Then it gets uploaded to a cloud server. 
 
Warren believes this is another step to earn the trust of the community.
 
"Every day officers put their lives on the line," he shared. "They have a very dangerous job and make split second decisions and this is another way to show what officers go through on a normal basis."
 
After training later this month, the cameras will be up and running.