Southeast Virginia police chief reports complaints down with officers wearing cameras


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CHESAPEAKE, Virginia — Complaints against Chesapeake police officers are down since they started wearing body cameras while on duty.

Police Chief Kelvin Wright tells The Virginian-Pilot ( ) that 56 percent fewer people filed complaints against his officers last year than in 2012. The city received 36 complaints in 2014.

Chesapeake police began wearing the cameras in 2012.

Wright said 26 people asked about filing a complaint but backed off when faced with the footage.

He called the 90 cameras purchased by the department a good investment.

In Norfolk, police Chief Michael Goldsmith decided this week to equip 300 of his officers with cameras.

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