Fayetteville City Council voted Tuesday for the purchase of 129 body cameras for the police department. Police said it’s part of the force’s commitment to transparency.
“We just think that with today’s climate it was a good move to make for our police department,” said Sergeant Anthony Murphy, of the Fayetteville Police Department.”
Fayetteville police began testing several different body worn camera systems more than a year ago and now they are in the final stages of having everything in place.
“There will be in house training. People will be taught by Axon taser how to use the cameras and then those officers will come back and teach the officers how to use them.” Murphy said.
City Council voted to approve the purchase for a five year contract with Axon Taser worth $762,000. A federal grant will cover some of that cost.
“I think it’s a big step for us because it’s not a cheap undertaking and we’ve had lots of support from city hall and people in the community who want us to have these cameras to protect both us and the citizens of the community.” Murphy said.
Fayetteville police said the placement of body cameras on a uniform is vital. They want everything to be seen in high intensity situations.
Every officer in uniform will wear a body camera. Police said the city’s approval of the purchase speaks volumes.
“I think it looks good on us and the city to have total transparency with these cameras. It means everything, our city supports the police department in ways we can’t even thank them.”
The police department is looking to have the body cameras implemented as soon as December of this year. They are currently working on protocol and policies for how and when to use the cameras in the field.