City police officers will likely be equipped with body cameras in 2017, joining a growing list of law enforcement personnel outfitted with the equipment.
Williamsburg City Council gave the green light to a $221,567 proposal to outfit officers with body cameras Thursday.
“It’s an invaluable tool to be used in criminal prosecution,” said Williamsburg Police Chief Dave Sloggie, who noted that the cameras cannot be turned off if police lights or a taser are on.
The use of body cameras has grown in recent years as police, prosecutors and citizens seek new ways to record interactions between officers and the public. While advocates see the technology as a...