DARIEN, Conn. -- As Darien officials agreed to start a nearly $400,000 long-term program to to equip the police department with body cameras this week, Police Chief Duane Lovello said the public and police are better served with cameras recording police interactions, according to the Darien Times.
Recent events involving police nationwide and close to home may have had something to do with the decision, a reversal from last year when officials decided against body cameras during the budget process, the Darien Times says. Just last month, a Bridgeport man recorded his stop by Darien police and posted it on the Internet.
Having police officers with body cameras would reinforce public confidence in police, Lovello told the Darien Times. The Darien Board of Selectmen voted to fund $87,142 for the first year of the program, which is expected to cost about $361,741 over five years, the Darien Times reported.
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