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APD to Get New Dash Cams

The Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix

August 06, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin police cars will be outfitted with improved dashboard cameras in a plan to abandon use of outdated videotape.

The Austin City Council on Thursday approved spending $15.5 million for the new cameras and digital equipment. The cameras can be set to automatically activate when officers open the doors of the patrol car.

Officers currently must manually start the tapes.

Police say the updated equipment will help with evidence gathering.

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