- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

HOPEWELL, Va. (AP) - The Hopewell police chief has announced that his officers will begin wearing body cameras within the next two weeks.

Hopewell Chief John Keohane said in a news release Monday that 67 recently purchased Taser AXON body cameras should be fully implemented by Oct. 1.

Keohane says the cameras will improve public trust as well as protect officers from false claims.

The small but visible cameras can be securely attached to an officer’s uniform shirt.

According to the news release, the camera automatically uploads video via a docking station attached to a cloud-based storage system.

Numerous police departments nationwide have installed body cameras in the wake of high-profile police encounters, including the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri last year.

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