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Baltimore selects three finalists for police body camera program

Baltimore officials have selected three finalists to participate in a pilot program for police body cameras, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Thursday.

The three firms include Taser International Inc., the manufacturer of stun guns; Atlantic Tactical Inc.; and Brekford Corp., the Anne Arundel firm that briefly ran the city's troubled speed camera program.

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The pilot program will be Oct. 26 and conclude Dec. 18, the mayor's office said. The pilot program will equip a total of 155 officers in Baltimore's Eastern, Central and Western police districts. The pilot calls for the cameras to be used on every shift, collecting and uploading video footage to a hosted storage facility, officials said.

At the conclusion of the pilot, the city plans to choose a winning bidder for city-wide implementation of body-worn cameras starting in early 2016.

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