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Video released from CPD body camera testing

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch calls Cincinnati a model for police community relations.

Lynch spent Tuesday in the Queen City as her first stop on a national community policing tour. Lynch says one of the most vital tools departments need right now is body cameras.

Cincinnati tested two versions last summer. FOX 19 NOW obtained the first copy of what those cameras captured. CPD provided several full length videos of actual calls for help and officer response including a drug overdose, shots fired, and an officer giving a lift to a disabled citizen.

The cameras worn on the chest of a few officers capture clear video and audio of every move an officer makes. The estimated cost to outfit all 600 uniformed Cincinnati police officers is anywhere from $500,000 to $1.5 million.

"It is the officers on the ground who are sharing with us the issues and things we have to work out together. For example, how to store the information and how to record things to protect citizens and preserve privacy,” said US Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Lynch told reporters Tuesday the federal government has $20 million in grant money available for police departments looking to purchase body cameras.

"She chose us to be the first city that she visited to demonstrate what engaged, constitutional, biased-free policing should look like,” said Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell who earned high praises from the AG's office for his work on community relations.

While the details are still vague, Blackwell says it's the next step in community policing.

"This level of mistrust, this fracture if you will between police and community. She wants to know about that but she doesn't want to just know about it. She wants to make it better so I'm glad she came here to start off,” said Blackwell.

Lynch says police departments can apply right now for a piece of that 20 million dollars to buy cameras.

As for CPD, no new word on when body cameras will be fully implemented or what the protocol will be for using them.

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