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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2014 file photo a Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration in Los Angeles. Few Connecticut police departments are showing interest in a new state program signed into law in 2015 that requires them to begin using body cameras as of July 1, 2016. The state Office of Policy and Management tells The Associated Press that only 10 of the more than 100 law enforcement agencies in the state have contacted the agency about receiving reimbursement under the program for body camera costs. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
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Scottsdale company’s gun sensor activates police body cameras

gunPHOENIX — The Scottsdale-based company TASER announced Monday the release of a gun holster attachment that will activate body cameras when the gun is removed.

The first of its kind, the ‘Axon Signal Sidearm’ attaches to most common gun holsters and turns on any Axon body camera in a 30-foot radius if a firearm is drawn.

“When law enforcement officers must draw a weapon, the last thing they should worry about is their technology,” TASER CEO and Co-Founder Rick Smith said in a release. “The Signal Sidearm will give officers the same confidence in their technology that already exists in encounters involving Smart Weapons that use our Signal technology.”

The device is wireless and battery powered, and its battery is said last a year and a half.

The Signal Sidearm will be available later this year.

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