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Oct 1, 2013 10:09 AM by AP/CS

Wearable cameras expected to cost $1.2 million

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Police Department is a step closer to being equipped with body-worn cameras.

The Times-Picayune reports a City Council committee voted on Monday to negotiate with a supplier. The cameras are expected to cost about $1.2 million.

The Evaluation Committee decided unanimously to work with Taser International, an Arizona-based company that sells equipment to law enforcement agencies, that is expected to provide 350 cameras to on-duty officers within the next year.

The cameras would be capable of recording for four hours at a time, would weigh less than 5 ounces and would have USB charging capabilities.

The city committee meeting comes less than a week after police Superintendent Ronal Serpas spoke briefly about equipping his officers with cameras.

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