Hundreds of Memphis police getting body cameras

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Memphis Police Department says it has begun assigning newly received body cameras to officers, with a goal of giving the equipment to 2,000 officers by the end of the year.

Police Director Toney Armstrong said Wednesday the department has received 500 body cameras from its vendor, Taser. Armstrong says about 50 officers per day are being trained on the equipment, which he says will provide more transparency to police operations.

Armstrong says the 500 cameras should be handed out by early October, with a total of 2,000 deployed by the end of the year. The department currently has about 2,150 officers. A Taser spokesman says it is one of the most aggressive rollouts of its body cameras among the police departments it serves.