Police patrol domestic terminal atrium at Hartsfield-Jackson on Monday, November 16, 2015. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM
Photo: Kent D. Johnson
Photo: Kent D. Johnson

Atlanta airport police to get body cameras

Atlanta Police Department officers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will soon be outfitted with body cameras.

It will be the first time officers at the world’s busiest airport have been outfitted with body cameras. Millions of travelers from around the country and the world pass through the Atlanta airport.

VIDEO: Previous coverage on body cameras

More than a year after body cameras became the widely embraced answer to the rupture in police-community relations, only a fraction of metro Atlanta police are wearing them. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM
Video: www.accessatlanta.com

According to Hartsfield-Jackson, only uniformed officers will wear the cameras, and they will wear them at all times.

The Atlanta City Council recently voted to approve up to $1.1 million in funding for 180 airport police body-worn cameras and video cloud storage  from Axon Enterprise Inc., formerly known as Taser International.

Atlanta police had already outfitted 1,200 officers at six police precincts with the cameras. The new measure would add the cameras for officers at the airport precinct.

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