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Parkways Authority approves purchase of body cams for State Troopers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Troopers paroling the West Virginia Turnpike will soon be equipped with the latest in body camera and in-car dashboard camera technology. Members of the West Virginia Parkways Authority recently agreed to purchases the equipment for use by troopers who are assigned to Turnpike duties.

“I think this is really needed for the safety of everybody involved, first and foremost for the police, but also to take mystery where darkness used to be, out of equation,” said Parkways Authority Chairman Bray Cary in discussing the proposal.

Parkways Authority Executive Director Greg Barr said the purchase will be made from a Georgia based company and it’s equipment which was actually picked out by the West Virginia State Police.

“They’ve requested the Parkways Authority purchase the equipment from this vendor because it meets all of their specifications and so that all State Troopers the state will have consistent use of this type of equipment,” Barr told members of the body ahead of a recent vote.

The State Police have recently implemented the body cam policy and Barr said that’s especially true for work on the highways during traffic stops. Barr noted that’s most of what the Turnpike duty involves daily.

The money will be used to purchase 28 body cams and 28 of the individual car cameras in the weeks to come.

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