By Sara Powers

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Oakland County commissioners have approved implementation of a body-worn camera system for sheriff’s deputies.

A resolution for the 1,000-unit program unanimously was adopted this week.

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The total cost is estimated at around $3.1 million for the first five years and includes equipment, maintenance and system operation. The county, north and northwest of Detroit, is expected to seek grants to help fund the program.

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“Body-worn cameras bring additional state-of-the-art policing techniques to the sheriff’s office, and they will go a long way in improving trust between officers and the public,” said Commissioner Janet Jackson, who sponsored the resolution.

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