Monday, August 29, 2011
The Fulton Police Department is looking to expand its ability to document its officers’ work.
The department is is applying for a grant from the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association to purchase 10 Micro DV Recorders, or body cameras, for officers’ use.
“Each individual officer would have a camera and a voice recorder,” said Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers. “Any time you can record information from an arrest or traffic stop, it’s a good thing.”
He said the FPD already has several of the body cameras, but the grant would enable each officer working on a shift to be equipped with the recording device.
According to Myers, the total cost for the project is $1,500, with the City of Fulton to be responsible for 25 percent of that amount ($375) should the department’s grant be approved by MIRMA.
He said the purchase would be an asset to the department.
“It records what actually happens versus what people say happens,” Myers said, noting having those sorts of electronic records could save the department time in court as well. “It’s a very good tool for us, and we hope to be able to purchase the additional cameras.”