According to the Lansing State Journal, Mayor Virg Bernaro and the Lansing Police Chief announced Thursday that patrol officers have begun using newly purchased, body worn video cameras in the city's effort to promote transparency and keep track of interactions that could later be used as criminal evidence.

Police Department staff and officers will use a system that tags footage to incident reports and assists in redacting private information.

Lansing Police Chief Michael Yankowski said, "our patrol officers are very supportive of using the body cameras because it adds a layer of protection for both the officer and our citizens.  When everything is recorded, there is less room for disputes about who said what."