PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police in Philadelphia have started testing body cameras, a move that comes as the head of the force joined a presidential task force on modern law enforcement.

The department says up to 31 officers began wearing body cameras Monday to record interactions with civilians.

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It’s a pilot program that involves testing several brands of the small, lapel-mounted devices over six months.

The announcement came as President Barack Obama tapped city police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to lead a Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Obama on Monday also proposed a community policing initiative that would include $75 million to help departments across the U.S. buy about 50,000 body cameras.

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Demands for police to wear the cameras have increased since an officer in Ferguson, Missouri, fatally shot teenager Michael Brown in August.

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