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Baltimore police phase out 'blue light' cameras


By John Fritze
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland)

BALTIMORE — Arguing that the technology requires too much manpower to be effective, Baltimore police are phasing out the first generation of blue-light cameras — among the city's most visible crime-fighting tools.

Baltimore City Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III said the portable cameras, which represent about 18 percent of all crime cameras in the city, will slowly be replaced with more sophisticated closed-circuit units.

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