Ten Maui police officers are using body cameras in the field, The Maui News reports, recording interactions with the public while responding to emergency calls.

The pilot project, which started April 6 and runs until May 5, involves officers in Wailuku, Kihei and Lahaina.

So far, Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu says he sees “more positive than negative” if the Maui Police Department were to implement a camera program.

HPD emblem on podium before Police Chief Kealoha's news conference on September 18, 2014

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Meanwhile, at the Hawaii Legislature, a bill funding grants-in-aid to the counties to purchase body-worn cameras for cops has stalled.

But another measure relating to cameras that Civil Beat has also reported on remains alive.

The bill calls for grant-in-aid to the City and County of Honolulu to purchase body cameras for cops and to set up a Honolulu Police Department Body Camera Pilot Program.

Differences on the House and Senate versions must be worked out in conference committee, the two-week period that begins Monday at the Capitol.

Read Civil Beat’s editorial, Cop Body Cams: A No-Brainer for Hawaii.

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