Wilmington council to consider $60,000 for body cameras
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More Wilmington police officers could soon be wearing body cameras.
At its meeting Tuesday night Wilmington City Council will consider buying 70 body cameras for WPD at a cost of about $60,000. According to the meeting’s agenda, part of that would come from a $45,000 a grant from the NC Governor’s Crime Commission. The other $15,000 would come from the city’s general fund.
The proposal from the city manager says, “The funding will result in better recordings of field events to use as needed for evidence and other purposes.”
WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley says the department has had about 37 body cameras over the last few years. She says in all WPD has 264 sworn officers. The goal is at this point is to get body cameras for all patrol officers and some others in other units.