Stamford set to deploy more police bodycams

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STAMFORD -

The Stamford Police Department is the latest in western Connecticut to equip officers with body cameras.

The department first applied for bodycams two years ago and has been using four of the devices in the field for the last month.

Police say they mostly have recorded traffic stops, for which they keep the video for 90 days.

Video storage is costly, police say, at about $200,000 a year.

For more serious cases, they may keep the video for up to four years.

Protocol requires police to answer honestly when asked if they are recording, but they don't have to bring it up if they are not asked.

"I don't think anybody really likes to be videotaped all day long, but the other thing that happens is, eventually, the officers are won over," says Chief Tom Wuennemann. "Because it protects them."  

Next week, the department will roll out 160 bodycams.

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