The Delta Police Department will purchase replacement body cameras for its officers using asset forfeiture funds. Chief Robert Thomas reports the body cameras will ensure officer accountability and reduce liability from frivolous claims.
They can be operated from the patrol car dash or attached to the officer's uniform for hands-free recording.
Because the item was not budgeted in 2013, the expenditure required city council approval. At the April 2 council meeting, Chief Thomas said he planned to purchase 25 body cameras at a cost of $219 per camera, for a total of $5,475. The asset forfeiture fund has a balance of over $28,110.
He explained the cameras currently in use have not proven durable or effective at night. The replacement he selected is not the most expensive, but should address both those concerns.
With ample funds available, trustee Mary Cooper questioned why he didn't select a better-quality camera with long-er recording capability. After a short discussion, the motion was made to allocate up to $8,000 for the purchase of the cameras, so the chief can review the specifications and upgrade his choice of camera, if he desires.
Asset forfeiture funds are used specifically by the police department for ballistics vests, training and weapons. In response to a question from trustee Ray Penick about prioritizing purchases, the chief said replacement vests are needed but can be purchased using funds already budgeted for 2013. Funds have also been budgeted for officer training.blog comments powered by Disqus