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Phoenix Police Department Rolling Out Newest Body Cameras

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Christine Estes/KJZZ
Phoenix chose to expand its body-worn camera program to 2,000 police officers, up from 300 in the current program.

Since 2011, Phoenix police officers in the Maryvale precinct have worn body cameras, among the first adopters when Taser first introduced the body-worn cameras.

The technology was expensive then, which is why spokesman Tommy Thompson said they bought a limited number for the West Valley precinct to test.

This week, the department begins a new 30-day trial with higher quality Axon cameras.

"One of the problems with the cameras that they had up through last week, is the inability to film in low-light conditions," Thompson pointed out. "And, quite frankly two-thirds of our officers work on shifts where they're out when it's dark."

Ultimately, he said, the department will employ 1,600 cameras for the entire force to record their activity while interacting with the community.

Thompson said the equipment costs nearly $6 million and another $10 million to provide staff to review video, maintain the equipment, and process public records requests.

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Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.