CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – This week, the Chesterfield County Police Department began issuing body-worn cameras to officers.
After more than two years of research, testing and discussions with key stakeholders regarding body-worn cameras, the department last year entered into a contract with Axon, formerly known as Taser International, Inc., for 450 Axon Flex 2 cameras. The Axon Flex 2 is Axon’s newest camera, and the Chesterfield County Police Department is the largest agency to date to begin using this equipment. The police department received its first shipment of cameras on March 16.
The cameras will be deployed in multiple phases to patrol officers, school resource officers, detectives and other sworn personnel who have contact with the public. Cameras will be issued in conjunction with the completion of four hours of classroom training. This week, department personnel and an Axon representative began training officers who will serve as trainers for the rest of the department.
The department’s contract with Axon includes the use of Evidence.com, a cloud-based data storage system. Every officer assigned a camera will have an Evidence.com account with unlimited storage.
“We are committed to our community and to developing relationships and implementing technology in order to better serve all its members,” said Col. Thierry Dupuis, Chief of Police. “The use of body-worn cameras is one more way to help build trust between law enforcement and the community. We recognize that help and support from members of our community is essential in achieving our overarching goal: to make Chesterfield County a safe and secure community for all."
All 450 cameras should be deployed by September 2017.
The camera can be worn on a pair of glasses with interchangeable clear (pictured) and dark lenses.
The camera can be worn on the uniform epaulet (pictured) or collar.
The camera controller can be worn on the chest (pictured) or on the duty belt.
Capt. A.J. Starke