Pending the approval of the 2015 capital budget, which has included a $19,000 fund request from Chief Richards, the Newton Police Department will be purchasing body cameras. “We plan to equip every officer with their own body camera,” said Richards.
Along with the funding from the 2015 capital budget, the Newton Police also sought a grant from their insurer, Statewide Insurance Fund, to help fund their purchase. “We were awarded the grant in the amount $4,245.83 that we’ll use toward the purchase as well,” said Richards.
No purchases have been made yet, and no manufacturer has been decided on. “We are currently reviewing other products and will ultimately choose the best package for our officers to maximize their utility,” said Richards.
One plan is to use the same vendor that provides the department with their in-car camera system which is L-3 Mobile Vision. This would allow for a seamless system for management of their video recordings.
“I look forward to their use, particularly since they will be advantageous for our foot patrol officers and for our officers who are on calls within buildings when their in-car cameras are unable to video document their activities and retain important evidence,” commented Richards.
The 2015 capital budget, if approved, will be available in May to make purchases, such as the body cameras for the Newton Police Department.