Columbia City Council on Tuesday approved spending nearly $170,000 to purchase 300 body-worn cameras for Columbia police officers.
The Columbia Police Department began looking into the possibly of introducing body-worn cameras in June 2014.
Since then, numerous high-profile incidents of officer use of force have ignited discussions across the United States concerning body-worn cameras.
Twenty-five Columbia police officers tested five versions of body-worn cameras over the summer to help evaluate the department's equipment options.
The department will purchase COBAN Echo cameras.