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Mandan commission approves police body cameras

July 7, 2021 GMT

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — The Mandan City Commission has agreed to equip the community’s police force with body cameras.

The commission approved the cameras unanimously Tuesday with no discussion. The police department received a quote from Digital-Ally, which already has cameras inside the police vehicles.

A memo from police to commissioners says that using the same company for the cameras will allow for better integration of the equipment, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

The package of 28 body cameras, upgraded in-car cameras, accessories, set-up, training and cloud storage would cost about $165,000 for a five-year subscription.

The police department also received approval to request funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to offset the cost of the cameras. They are asking for nearly $37,000 over five years, according to the memo.

The Lincoln Police Department began using body cameras in early 2020. The Bismarck Police Department and the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department do not use the technology.