ROCKLAND — Rockland police could be using body cameras by the end of the month.

Rockland Police Chief Christopher Young said Monday, Oct. 11 the body cameras have arrived and officers will be trained on them this week. He said he hopes to have them rolled out by the end of October.

The city has spent $114,929 for the cameras.

According to the 2021-2022 municipal budget message, the price includes cloud storage, redaction software, and informational technology support throughout the five-year contract. Also included are a camera upgrade at the halfway mark of the contract, and a warranty on the equipment for the five years.

“Body-worn cameras will increase department transparency, reduce department liability, increase criminal prosecution in certain situation and allow for a more comprehensive investigation into complaints against officers and allegations of officer misconduct,” the chief stated in his annual budget message submitted earlier in 2021.

The City Council approved the spending item in the budget.

According to the PEW Research Center, by 2016, 47 percent of U.S. law enforcement agencies had body-worn cameras, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics survey.