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CSUB police start wearing body cams

An officer at California State University, Bakersfield wears a body camera Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Lexi Wilson)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Police at California State University, Bakersfield have begun wearing body cameras.

Right now, CSUB police are training with body camera. Within, the next few weeks, 12 officers will use them.

Chief Marty Williamson said transparency is key in making this change.

"It's about public trust," he said. "It's about bringing the right tools for our officers to provide the best services we can."

Even though crime isn’t a big problem on campus, Williamson said they want to be prepared.

The five-year project costs $10,000 for the first year, and $16,000 for the next four years. It covers the cameras, data storage for the cameras, and stun guns.

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