All Springfield field officers to get body cameras this year

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ The Springfield Police Department expects to equip all of its 160 field officers with body cameras by year’s end.

Deputy Chief Dyle Stokes tells The (Springfield) State Journal-Register ( ) that 40 body cameras are already in use and another 15 to 20 will be issued to officers in the coming weeks.

Stokes says officers have not reported any issues with the cameras and the devices have already been used to investigate citizen complaints that turned out to be unfounded. He says the department is hiring a clerk to handle open records requests from the public to release video of incidents.

The president of the NAACP’s Springfield branch, Teresa Haley, says body cameras could serve to deter negative behavior by the public and police officers.