Funding Plan Introduced By Arlington County For Police Body Cameras

Body cameras were tested by police in Virginia’s Arlington County in 2016. However, a long-term program was not launched then. Now, a plan has been introduced to launch a body camera program, amid nationwide calls for more police accountability. Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz told the county board Tuesday night that the program will start in January if it’s approved.

According to, “A proposed capital improvement plan for the fiscal year 2021, though reduced by the coronavirus, includes funding to kick-start the program. “We…are setting aside a little bit over $1 million for investment in hardware, also upgrades to the county courtrooms — four of them — and then an increase in data storage and software,” said Schwartz. More than 8,000 people have signed a petition, started about a week ago by the Arlington branch of the NAACP, that calls for the cameras to be purchased and used.”

As per, “Arlington is the only jurisdiction of size in the entire D.C.-region without a Body-Worn Camera (BWC) program,” the petition reads. “As leaders, we must prioritize programs that encourage public confidence in our government. Arlington Branch NAACP #7047 believes a comprehensive BWC program will do that.”The county board will hold a public hearing on the capital improvement plan June 30, with the adoption of the plan scheduled for July 18.”

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