New body cams to increase safety

MARION COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV)-- About four years ago the police department got body cameras, but it was time for an upgrade.

At a council meeting, last week. they discussed the approval to buy six new body cameras.

According to the police chief the old cameras couldn't last through a whole shift. This is because they only had about four hours of battery life.

The new cameras, however, are said to last 12 hours.

Each of the six officers will have a body camera to help keep both them and the people more safe.

The Chief says these body cameras are especially important when dealing with the public.

"It protects them and it also protects the citizens of White Hall and Marion County. If there's any question to what happened while there was an arrest or something happened, it's on camera and we can download it and go from there," said Chief Geno Guerrieri of the White Hall Police Department.

Each camera cost about $400 and the funds came from donations.