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"Nothing is more important than the safety of the public we serve and the troopers committed to that service. We must ensure that we maintain transparency and accountability through proper training, sound procedures and the latest technology," Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson said. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana will become the first state to supply all state troopers with body-worn cameras.

Gov. John Bel Edwards and the head of Louisiana State Police, Col. Mike Edmonson, announced the plan during a news conference Wednesday from the governor’s mansion. The cameras will be distributed in January in the French quarter and expand from there, Edmonson said.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of the public we serve and the troopers committed to that service. We must ensure that we maintain transparency and accountability through proper training, sound procedures and the latest technology,” said Edmonson on Wednesday. “For nearly twenty years our troopers have used in-car cameras to document interactions with members of the public, but I am pleased to announce that we will now be taking that capability a step further.”

In a post on Facebook, the Louisiana State Police said it intends to purchase over 1,500 body-worn cameras in an “effort to improve transparency.” More than 700 troopers statewide will get two body-worn cameras.

The cameras are Taser’s Axion Body 2 body cameras, that can also be used in conjunction with troopers’ in-car cameras. According to the police, the camera is also compatible with the Taser’s X2 currently carried by troopers — a taser that is also legal for civilians to carry and use.

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