There are times when Lynchburg residents raise concerns about how their police force handles certain incidents.

A few weeks ago, a woman named Unita Carter accused officers of breaking her son's ribs.

"The police are still circling the block," Carter told WDBJ7 on July 28.  "We feel intimidated."

Police are still investigating the situation.

To clear up questions about future incidents, Lynchburg police are thinking about buying body-worn cameras.

"It allows for a level of transparency for the police department in the community," said Captain Ryan Zuidema with the Lynchburg Police Department.  "At the same time, it allows us to have a factual and unbiased account of what's taking place."

The department is looking at several different models, including one that's attached to a pair of glasses.

Another more common device is a box that clips to an officer's uniform.  The cameras will capture both the officer's actions and everything in a 180-degree radius.

"A lot of the video that's captured by body-worn cameras is used as evidence in court and will help show either a judge or a jury exactly what took place," said Zuidema.

Lynchburg residents like B.B. Shavers, who has raised concerns about use of force in the past, believe the cameras will be a good thing.

"To have cameras mounted on the officers should leave no discrepancies, relative to what happened," Shavers said, adding that his only concern is whether officers might edit the video to cover up potential mistakes.

Zuidema said the devices have built-in safeguards to prevent tampering.

"It's technology that we feel could help us as a police department and build stronger relationships with the community," said Zuidema.

The cameras Lynchburg Police are studying cost anywhere from $200 to $1,200 each.  Because of the price tag, the department will likely buy the cameras in phases over the next few years.