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January 02, 2016

SEPTA begins rolling out body cams

Initial cost is $300,000

SEPTA Cameras
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This image shows a SEPTA train.

All SEPTA police officers have new body cameras as of the New Year.

The actions of every officer can now be recorded, NBC 10 reports.

Some officers who trained with the cameras last week are already wearing the devices. Nestel said every officer should be ready to use them within the week.

The initial cost was $300,000.

When first announced last summer, SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel said: "I'm doing this because I think that it gives our police department more credibility with the community -- that they'll have more trust with us, that they feel there's some kind of check and balance.”

Each officer is responsible for activating the camera to record any incident.

Cops ignoring protocol will face "serious repercussions."

Nestel said, if he has his way, officers could be fired for not recording when they should.

SEPTA intends to hold a news conference this coming week to provide details.

For the full NBC10 report, click here.