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In Virginia, Fairfax County's new police chief hopes increase the transparency of his department.

For many years, the Fairfax County Police Department has denied the public access to video footage taken from police cruisers. That even includes family members of those who are shot and killed by police officers.

But now that Edwin Roessler has taken charge of the force, that may be changing. The newly installed police chief says he's working with the county attorney and the county prosecutor to make some of the videos available.

"Eventually it's our goal where can to release video footage so the community understands the nature of some of the events and to understand how we police," he says.

The chief says that applies to dashboard cameras as well as body cameras, if his department gets the green light.

"Currently we are working with the commonwealth's attorney and the county attorney to understand what we can and can't release," he explains.

The change comes as an increasing number of cruisers are outfitted with video cameras.

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