ROCKLAND — Rockland police have begun using body cameras.

Officers were equipped with the equipment on Nov. 1.

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

“The cameras will help to show some of what officers see on a scene, as well as enable the administration to review officers’ actions. Keeping our community and our officers safe, while maintaining our community’s trust, is our top priority,” the department stated in announcing the use of the cameras.

“While body worn cameras have been around in law enforcement for some time, it’s not as simple as just buying the cameras. It’s tremendously important to have strict policies in place on how videos will be handled, address citizens’ privacy concerns, and ensure videos are only disseminated appropriately. Additionally, servers, firewalls, and software for administrators to redact uninvolved persons were needed. But, that funding was secured, we have the infrastructure and you’ll see officers wearing the cameras out in public,” the department stated.

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.