Sunday, September 13, 2015

Ansonia aldermen approve body cameras for cops

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

ANSONIA >> By year’s end, city police will be armed with a tool aimed at keeping interaction between police and citizens transparent.

The Board of Aldermen Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of 25 body cameras for the police department. The cameras, according to Police Chief Kevin Hale, will cost $37,655, but the department previously secured a $30,000 Justice Assistance grant to cover the bulk of the cost. The remainder will be paid for through the department’s Asset Forfeiture Account.

Hale said the cameras, while “not a solution to everything,” will be beneficial.

“This is just another tool to assist us,” Hale said. “Everybody tends to behave better under (the eye) of a camera, and they will help provide us with evidence and help in determining the validity of complaints.”
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