Lynchburg police educate public about new body cameras

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Lynchburg police said it took them years of planning, but now the body cameras are on the way and they gave people a first-hand look.

Part of the money used to buy them came from a $200,000 grant from the federal government.

All officers will wear them by attaching them to the front of their uniform or by wearing these glasses.

Police said this will allow transparency in situations when an officers judgment is questioned.

Several people asked questions about the types of problems these cameras can solve.

"Body cams can capture abuses and interactions on camera, but unless there's actually a commitment to the community and accountability to the community, body cameras don't solve anything but I think it's a great layer of additional protection," said Christy Horsley, who is a Lynchburg resident.

The first group of officers are expected to get them later this month.

All officers are expected to have them by September of 2017.