WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — West Des Moines police will soon join other Des Moines-area departments in requiring its officers to wear body cameras.

The Des Moines Register reports that West Des Moines officers will begin wearing the cameras Nov. 1.

Officers will wear them at all times, but the cameras will only record in certain cases, including during investigations and some contact with the public.

Each video is kept for 90 days if it’s not considered evidence, or 180 days if it is.

West Des Moines paid $120,000 for 72 cameras and the related software. More than half of the funds came from money seized by the department in criminal drug cases.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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