RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Chesterfield Police Department is issuing body cameras to 23 officers and will evaluate results to determine whether to equip the entire force.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1GBwwKW ) that the department plans to deploy the test cameras in the next two weeks. Police Chief Thierry Dupuis said he generally favors the cameras, but the department needs policies governing their use. He said it would cost about $500,000 to equip all of the department’s 500 sworn officers.
Police in many Virginia localities, including some of Chesterfield’s neighbors, are using the cameras.
Public support for police body cameras has grown during the past year, which has seen several high-profile clashes between officers and suspects across the country.
Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com
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