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Officers with the Helena Police Department will soon be wearing body cameras. (Credit: KTVH)

Helena, Mont. (KTVH) – Helena police officers will soon be equipped with body cameras as the city commission approved a grant supplying the department with five new cameras and one radar sign.

The Helena Police Department also received a grant from the Montana Department of Transportation of $7,500, allowing it to purchase 11 more cameras. ¬†That will bring the department’s total number of cameras to 16.

Capt. Curt Stinson said they are currently working on a policy to make it clear when it is necessary to use the body cameras or not.

“What the general guideline is … what we are looking at right now, is going to be pretty much any enforcement action. So if an officer gets somewhere to investigate something the cameras are going to be on,” Stinson said.

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Officers will be hitting the streets with the cameras after being trained in the next couple of weeks on how to use them correctly.

Reporter: Sara Stinson