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Lima Council approves police body cameras

By Josh Ellerbrock - jellerbrock@limanews.com

SOURCE:  Lima News

LIMA — After a lengthy pilot program testing six different body camera models, the Lima Police Department is ready to advertise for body camera system proposals, which was approved unanimously during Lima City Council’s Monday night meeting.

The initial estimated cost for the body cameras to be worn by roughly 60 officers will be close to $300,000. The final cost will be determined by the proposals received by the city.

The pilot program was long but fruitful, Maj. James Barker, who presented the program’s results to the council, said. Outside of the six officers wearing the test cameras during patrol, police administrators spent countless hours interviewing members of different community organizations and governmental departments directly affected by body cameras — such as information technology (IT) specialists and the regional court system — to determine how to best fit the cameras into the justice system’s operations, Police Chief Kevin Martin said.

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