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Clarksville police working to implement body camera program

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The Clarksville Police Department is beginning the process of implementing its new body camera system, but it’s not going as easy as some might think.

The Department of Justice awarded Clarksville a grant to equip its officers with body-worn cameras.

Police Chief Alonzo Ansley said it’s going to be a complex, months-long process of developing policies, training officers and sharing information with citizens.

Ansley spoke to News 4 Monday about the goal of the program and the concerns he has.

“The mere fact that we are now asking the officers to put on these body cameras, putting far more pressure than what’s already on them, and that’s one of my concerns,” Ansley said. “We’re spending quite a lot of time on policy research, visiting other departments.”

Clarksville will hold the first of several public forums on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center.

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