Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn says that all Fairfax County police district stations should have body-worn cameras as soon as possible.
Although three of the county’s district stations — including the Reston District Station — already have the devices, plans to implement the program countywide were stalled due to budgetary constraints posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I support implementation in the other five police districts ASAP because the program should not be limited to only part of the county,” Alcorn said.
He added that bodywork cameras are “good for government transparency and accountability” and the county’s police officers.
County officials delayed the rollout of the program, which would have equipped officers with more than 1,200 cameras across the county.
Although funding was delayed for other stations, the county’s budget still maintained an increase of $1.77 million to support the full year of the program.
The program was implemented after a 2018 pilot study by American University researchers. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the $4 million program in late 2019.
Alcorn said his office received several queries about the status of the program following the killing of George Floyd and other events across the country.
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