Nashville police officers will soon be equipped with body cameras.
The Nash County Sheriff's Office gave 24 Digital Ally body cameras to the Nashville Police Department after they were declared surplus. Nash County Commissioners approved donating the cameras to Nashville.
The sheriff's office received the cameras as part of a Highway Safety Grant but were put up when the department received updated ones.
Nashville police officers currently do not have body cameras but Police Chief Anthony Puckett said it was something the department was interested in. Puckett said the department has also applied for a grant to get body cameras but they haven't heard back on whether the grant was received.
"If we get the grant, we'll have some up to date technology,' Puckett said.
Puckett said the cameras from the sheriff's office arrived last week and it will take a few weeks to get the program that will operate the cameras. But, Puckett added, he looks forward to when the cameras are operational.
Puckett said the benefit of having body cameras is that it allows the full story of events to get out and not just a few minutes from someone's cell phone. Puckett added that usually, the last portion of a person's interaction with an officer is recorded.
"We're very appreciative to the sheriff for donating this equipment to us so we can have 21st Century technology," Puckett said.