Police departments across Virginia have been outfitted with body cameras whose recordings need review by local prosecutors, many of whom aren’t getting the state funding needed to do so.
D.C. congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Virginia congressman Don Beyer introduced a bill Friday to require uniformed federal police officers to wear body cameras and have dashboard cameras in marked vehicles.
Initial reviews are positive, and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova expects body cameras will be rolled out countywide in the relatively near future.
The Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office has announced plans to put body cameras on all 264 of its deputies. The office is starting the rollout with deputies in its domestic violence unit.
Fairfax County police have started wearing body cameras, and though there are many benefits for officers, some are still getting accustomed to the change in protocol.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a pilot program for the police department to test body-worn cameras following the recommendations of an ad hoc commission that has suggested numerous police reforms.
The city of Manassas said its summer test program involving six officers wearing cameras was successful, so the department is moving toward full implementation.
The Fairfax County police hope to start testing body-worn cameras soon, but first, county supervisors must approve a policy governing their use.
Complaints against the D.C. police have spiked in the last year, but both the police chief and the department which tracks complaints believe it has little to do with officer behavior.
Prince William County police want residents to know that police will soon be wearing body-worn cameras starting in September.
Prince William County police officers will start wearing body cameras this fall, as the department promotes accountability and trust.
The Baltimore County Police Department is facing criticism for its decision to withhold body camera footage from several police-involved shootings this year.
Montgomery County’s police department started a pilot program to test the wearable cameras in 2015. A result: The department has had to find a means of archiving the hours of images.
The Montgomery County police body camera program isn’t cheap — for a surprising reason — but it’s working to document incidents and build trust in the police, leaders say.
Just one D.C. police officer fired during a fatal struggle with an armed man in the city’s Trinidad neighborhood that was captured on the body cameras of two officers on Thursday night.
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