Waynesville patrol officers are getting body cameras

The Waynesville Police Department is getting body cameras.

The town approved funds on Tuesday night for the cameras to go along with a grant the police department got. Soon all patrol officers in the department will have body cameras. The department is getting 25.

"What I really like about this is that it seems like we are being proactive rather than being reactive," one town alderman said.

Waynesville Police Chief David Adams said they've never had body cameras before this. He calls them an important addition for multiple reasons.

"It covers everything that we could possibly get on the camera from the citizens' and the officers' point of view," Adams said. "It’s great for court purposes, documenting crime scenes or if you have a trial something to show to a jury like a domestic violence or driving while impaired."

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