ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Tim Walz has requested funding to outfit Minnesota State Patrol troopers and officers working at the state Capitol with body cameras.

The $7.5 million to buy and maintain the cameras for the officers and troopers is contained in a transportation funding package that could come up for a vote later this week.

The bill also includes funding to add nearly two dozen state troopers and a dozen additional Capitol security officers.

Body cameras are standard for many local police departments, but the state has been slower in adding them to its forces.

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