City council to discuss body worn cameras for Killeen police

Posted at 4:28 PM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 17:28:31-04

The Killeen Police Department wants to implement a Body Worn Camera program.

According to Killeen police, the department wants to purchase 190 cameras to provide a level of accountability and transparency that is not available for their department.

The total cost for the entire system is $280,334 and will be presented to the Killeen City Council. The cameras will be purchased with grant funding and forfeiture funds.

The department formerly equipped a few officers who were stationed at the North Precinct with off the shelf cameras. They did not meet current standards for security and accountability and are no longer in use, according to Killeen police.

The main purpose of the body cameras for the department is to provide trust to the community.

The oversight provided by the camera will improve community trust and support as well as protect officers and the department from unfounded complaints.

The city council is set to discuss purchasing the BWC program on Tuesday. 

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