Chicago police rolling out body cameras in 7 additional districts

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Monday, September 26, 2016
A body camera worn by a Chicago police officer.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police have announced the next seven police districts to be outfitted with body cameras for officers.

The districts next on the list are on the South and West sides of the city and one district on the Near North Side.

The districts are: the 1st (Central), 3rd (Grand Crossing), 7th (Englewood), 8th (Chicago Lawn), 11th (Harrison), 18th (Near North) and the 25th (Grand Central).

The body cams are part of Superintendent Eddie Johnson plan to make the police department more transparent.

Johnson said by the end of 2018, as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's budget, every patrol officer in the department will wear a body camera.

The department also recently announced a plan to hire nearly 1,000 new officers.