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Police officers in Alexandria, Virginia, are the only ones in the D.C. region who don’t wear body cameras. On Friday, the effort to change that got a boost of federal money.

A $600,000 grant from the U.S. Justice Department has been earmarked to help the city, according to a release from U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-Virginia).

The money will be combined with other federal and local dollars the city is using to begin the $2.2 million rollout.

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The federal money will be used to help buy 25 to 50 cameras, Beyer said in the statement.

The city recently approved a pilot program in its 2023 fiscal year budget, and city leaders are in the process of planning for the program’s implementation. The hope is to have cameras worn by officers sometime next spring.

Alexandria has more than 300 police officers. Once the program is up and running, the city expects the cost of maintaining it to come in at around $1.5 million a year.

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VA Hospital Caretaker Fondled Incapacitated Patient's Genitals Twice: Police

A 21-year-old hospital worker in northern Virginia was arrested on accusations he twice fondled a patient's genitals, authorities announced.

Hektor Fernando Alvarez was hired by Metropolitan Healthcare Services (MHS), a company contracted by Inova Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax, at the time of the assaults, Fairfax County police said. He has since been fired.

On Thursday, July 7, the victim told a hospital technician that his previous caretaker, later identified as Alvarez, of Falls Church, had sexually assaulted him in April, police said.  The victim, who requires 24/7 care due to his condition, was receiving long-term care at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital on Joseph Siewick Drive.

Detectives from were notified on July 8 and responded to assume the investigation, identifying Alvarez as the suspect. After a month long investigation by detectives, Alvarez was arrested for aggravated sexual battery with a victim through mental incapacity or helplessness. He was held on no bond but later released on a secured bond.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about this case or believe Hektor Fernando Alvarez had inappropriate contact to call the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 3. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), and by web – Click HERE. Download the ‘P3 Tips’ App and follow the steps to “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars. Please leave contact information if you wish for a detective to follow up with you.

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