Long View Police Department launches new body-worn camera program | Crime News

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SPOTLIGHT — Spotting scope officers are now equipped with body-worn cameras, following a unanimous city council vote on September 9 to fund the project.

At the September meeting, the board approved a 5-year contract with Axon Enterprise Inc. as the sole supplier for body-worn cameras.

Axon Enterprise Inc. is an American company specializing in the development of weapons technologies and products for civilians, law enforcement and the military. In addition to providing the body-worn camera, images and data recorded on the devices will also be stored by Axon Enterprise Inc.

“The body-worn camera program is another step in our efforts to better serve and protect the Long View community,” said City Administrator David Draughn.

Police Chief TJ Bates said it helps reinforce the department’s commitment to transparency.

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“Implementing body-worn cameras within the agency will allow members of the Long View Police Department to continue our commitment to transparency and the highest level of accountability to the community we serve,” said said Bates. “Body-worn cameras are welcome and necessary and I commend our officers for embracing this technology as we continue to move forward with innovative policing strategies.”

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