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The vote also approves 21 new positions in the police department and city prosecutor’s office to help administer the program. The new positions will cost an estimated $1.6 million.
Council member Jim Waring, who has previously raised questions about the costs of buying cameras versus hiring new officers, was the sole “no” vote.
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