By: WCTV Eyewitness News
December 5, 2017
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Valdosta Police Department is getting its first look at brand new police body cameras.
The department is set to get 117 new body cams, replacing VPD's current cameras. The upgrade will cost the department $450,000 over a three-year period.
VPD says the new camera model, the Motorola Si 500, features better quality audio and video, combines audio and video in one and enables officers to upload video to the department wirelessly in real-time by connecting to WiFi.
The new models are also more rugged and less easily removed.
The department began adding body cameras to every officer's uniform in the spring of 2014. The police chief says it's become an essential tool in many of their cases.