Starting in September, police officers in Prince William County — Virginia’s second-most populous county — will join the ranks of law enforcement agencies across the commonwealth using body cameras to record interactions with the public.

Officials in Prince William County have been considering body-worn cameras for their 660 police officers for more than three years. They decided in January to move forward.

While the police force is “well regarded by the community,” Chief Barry Barnard said in a statement, that the use of the cameras will help burnish that reputation.

“Body-worn cameras are a way to build upon the trust and strong relationship the police department enjoys with the community today,” he said. “The overall goal of the BWC program is to enhance community trust by documenting law enforcement encounters with the public while, at the same time, promoting accountability, transparency and professionalism.”

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