Waco City Council voted to approve the purchase of body cameras for the police department Tuesday night.
The city said the plan is to have all officers, including the police chief, wear the body cameras by August. Officers will also have to undergo mandatory training on how to use them. The body cameras will cost the city a little more than $635,000. Waco Assistant Police Chief Mark Norcross said there is a great need for the body cameras in Waco.
“First and foremost is transparency with the community," Norcross explained. "We try to work every day to try to earn the trust of the community and body cameras are going to go a long way towards helping that."
Police said the body cameras will also provide them with digital evidence for court.
Axon Enterprise is the company that will provide the equipment, which will need to be replaced every two years.