CHESTERFIELD – The Chesterfield County Police Department last week began issuing body-worn cameras to officers. After more than two years of research, testing and...

CHESTERFIELD – The Chesterfield County Police Department last week began issuing body-worn cameras to officers.

  Camera controller can be worn on the chest, left, the uniform epaulet, right, or a pair of glasses with interchangeable clear and dark lenses.

After more than two years of research, testing and discussions with key stakeholders regarding body-worn cameras, the department last year entered into a contract with Axon, formerly known as Taser International Inc., for 450 Axon Flex 2 cameras.

The Axon Flex 2 is Axon’s newest camera, and the Chesterfield County Police Department is the largest agency to date to begin using this equipment. The police department received its first shipment of cameras March 16.

The cameras will be deployed in multiple phases to patrol officers, school resource officers, detectives, and other sworn personnel who have contact with the public. Cameras will be issued in conjunction with the completion of four hours of classroom training.

All 450 cameras should be deployed by September 2017.