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Some Phoenix PD officers to start wearing cameras

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The next time an officer pulls you over or is called to your home, the incident may be on camera.

Phoenix police will be equipping around 50 officers in the Maryvale precinct with cameras. When they get to a call, they're supposed to turn on the camera to record what happens.

The department said this started out as a 90-day pilot program in 2011. The feedback from the initial program led to a study conducted in partnership with Arizona State University's College of Public Programs to measure the camera's impact more accurately.

Using a federal grant, they bought 50 on-officer cameras from a company called Vievu.

Half the Maryvale precinct will be wearing them beginning Monday.

A spokesman for the department said this may help them out in instances like a domestic violence call, when a victim may recant his or her statement later on in court.

"Does it change behavior of citizens as well as officers and how does it affect community perception of officers," Sergeant Tommy Thompson said.

Since only half of the Maryvale precinct will be wearing the cameras, the department will look at the impact they have in comparison with the officers not wearing the cameras.

The video collected on these calls will be considered evidence, but if you don't want to be videotaped, the officer will turn it off.

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