Police chief bringing in body cameras for officers

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — At an Old Dominion University student safety forum Monday night, Norfolk’s Police chief announced officers may be outfitted with body cameras soon.

Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith said he is making plans to buy 300 body cameras for his officers. “We will be able to see very quickly as to whether the officer did what they were supposed to, what the citizens behavior was like, and I think it will make us way more efficient in handling some of these complaints,” he said.

There are about 750 sworn officers in Norfolk, so Goldsmith said the field operations units will be outfitted with the cameras first. If all goes well, they might implement the cameras in other units.

The chief hopes the officers will have the body cameras by the end of the year.

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