Las Cruces police updates policy on body cameras


LAS CRUCES (AP) – Officials say 60 Las Cruces patrol officers will be getting body cameras after completing a mandatory training next month.

The police department recently announced that patrol officers will meet with representatives from Taser, the company that manufactures the cameras, to learn how to use the devices.

Las Cruces police recently revised a policy on recording devices, which was updated over the past year to include specific guidelines for video recordings. The policy, which underwent a “lengthy” approval process and was reviewed by police, city attorneys and outside law enforcement experts, went into effect on May 8.

Police spokesman Dan Trujillo says 12 traffic officers already use the cameras.

He says the department hopes to outfit all officers with body cameras soon.

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