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New FWPD officers to wear cameras

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Recruits graduating from the Fort Worth Police Academy will now be issued a camera to wear while on the job.

The department said the 26 recruits graduating on Friday and all future graduates will wear the technology on glasses or their lapel.

"This is the next generation of public safety professionals who have answered the call to serve our city.  Our department is paving the way for other police departments to consider this equipment and we remain committed to working with our citizens and exceeding their expectations of professionalism," said Chief Jeffery Halstead.

The cameras could have an impact on cases like the Jerry Waller case.

Waller was shot to death in his own garage by a rookie officer who was at the wrong house on a burglary call. The officer said Waller pointed a gun at him and refused to lower it, but Waller's family believes he misrepresented the details of the incident.

Chief Halstead said every community has its share of controversial and high-profile cases where the most accurate information is essential. The cameras will play a huge role in getting real time evidence into play early in the process.

The new officers will get their cameras and training on their first week of the job.

More than 100 officers on the FWPD patrol force are already using the cameras.

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