The Navajo Nation says its police force is growing by 12 with graduation Friday

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The newest group of Navajo Nation police officers will be the first to wear body cameras.

Tribal officials say the cameras will increase accountability, and improve evidence collection and opportunities to prosecute domestic violence cases.

The tribe had been without a police training facility for years before opening one in Chinle. The first graduation is Friday.

The 12 cadets are split evenly between men and women. They were trained in tribal, state and federal laws.

They also received instruction in police procedure, firearms, de-escalation techniques, communication and emergency medical response.

The tribe’s overall police force remains understaffed with 191 officers serving a 27,000 square-mile reservation that extends into Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.