- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The city of Richmond has signed a $2.36 million contract with the maker of body cameras and stun guns.

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1RIHTeh ) that the multi-year agreement with Taser International provides the city’s police department with 200 cameras and stun guns.

Chief Alfred Durham says that the equipment will protect the city’s officers and the community.

Body cameras have become increasingly popular among departments amid heightened scrutiny over police-involved shootings. Several Virginia departments are already using the cameras, including police in Ashland and Colonial Heights, Henrico and Hanover Counties.

The agreement says the company will provide 100 smaller cameras that clip onto hats and lapels as well as 100 larger cameras. It also calls for 200 officer safety plan packages, which include stun guns.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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