UL-Lafayette police now sporting body cameras _lowres

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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Police Department has provided body cameras to all of its commissioned officers.

The video cameras, which have been in use since the beginning of the month, are worn during routine patrols, special assignments and K-9 operations, according to a news release from the university.

Video taken by the cameras will be an additional resource for prosecutors to use during court proceedings and will “protect the integrity of an officer’s interaction with the public,” Sgt. Billy Abrams, University Police public information officer, said in the release.

The body cameras, which are a little smaller than the average smartphone, are attached to the front of officers’ uniforms.

UL-Lafayette funded the new equipment, the news release says. The department has had in-car cameras since 2005.