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New Orleans police to wear cameras

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NEW ORLEANS (KNOE 8 News/AP) - New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says his office is buying hundreds of cameras for officers to wear on their uniforms beginning as soon as late this year.

Serpas calls the devices "the future of American law enforcement."

Serpas announced the move at a City Council committee meeting Wednesday called to discuss recruiting troubles in a department that has lost more than 300 officers - about 20 percent of the force - since Serpas became superintendent in 2010.

The "body-worn cameras" are not mandated under a federal consent decree governing police department reforms that Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed last year with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

The consent decree calls for cameras in every patrol car.

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