Delay Expected for FCPD’s Body Cameras Due to Budget Changes

Delays are expected for the rollout of the Fairfax County Police Department’s body-worn camera program.

In late 2019, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved $4 million to begin implementation of the program.

But now in Fairfax County Executive Bryan Hill’s revised budget for fiscal year 2021, the county plans to push back funding for 338 cameras for the Sully, McLean and West Springfield Stations in the second year of the program.

The county is also revisiting funding plans for 456 cameras for the third year of the program at the Fair Oaks, Franconia and South County district stations.

The proposed budget — which was scaled back considerably in response to the COVID-19 pandemic — maintains an increase of $1.77 million to support the first full year of the program.

Funding is expected to remain for 416 cameras that will be issued to the Reston, Mason and Mt. Vernon police stations, according to county budget documents.

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