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Justice Department announces the use of body cameras on federal task forces, following pilot program

The successful pilot program concluded in September of this year.

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The Department of Justice
The Department of Justice
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Updated: October 29, 2020 - 2:14pm

The Justice Department announced Thursday that it will permit state and local task force officers across the country to use body cameras.

The new policy will allow federal officers to wear and activate body cameras while serving arrest warrants, or during other types of arrest operations, and while executing search warrants. 

The new policy comes one year after the department's pilot program, which was launched last October. 

“The Department of Justice has no higher priority than ensuring the safety and security of the American people and this policy will continue to help us fulfill that mission," said Attorney General Bill Barr.

Though such agencies as the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and Drug Enforcement Administration, Justice often partners with state and local law enforcement officers to create federal task forces, which combat violent crime, drug operations, and dangerous fugitives. 

In January of 2020, as part of the DOJ's pilot program, federal task force officers in several cities began using body cameras while out of task force operations. The program concluded in September of 2020. 

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