FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Fayetteville Police Department began using body cameras Tuesday, December 19 in a move aimed to increase accountability. 

Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor made the announcement Tuesday, and said that any officer wearing a uniform will also be required to wear a body camera. 

Representatives from the department purchased the cameras from Axon Enterprises as part of a five year contract.   

Officials said the body cameras will increase accountability among members of the force, which may lead to more trust between officers and the community they serve.  

“Fayetteville, being a progressive department, decided that we needed body cams so we could move towards being as transparent as we can,” said Sgt. Tony Murphy of the Fayetteville Police Department.  “And just help the public gain more trust in us.”

Murphy said that in addition to wearing the cameras, officers will also wear on-body microphones as well to record sound.