It was a two year process for the department, which included research, finding a camera company, testing, and drafting the body camera policy.
Albemarle County police say the process is currently on hold for them, mostly due to money issues.
“So the body-worn camera program is really expensive, and I mean I'm talking $100,000 just to equip the officers with the cameras here at the department. And with the budget the way it is, we just don't have the funding for the cameras, the storage, and also the support positions that are needed to fully implement that program," said Albemarle County Police Spokesperson Madeline Curott.
The county insists the body cameras will be installed, but because of budget concerns it is a question of when, not if.
Charlottesville police are saying that they are moving towards installing police worn body cameras. They blame the slow rollout on testing the equipment and continuing their best practices education. Five officers have cameras now and they will double that next week to continue testing the program. There was no time frame for when the program will fully go into effect.