NEWBURGH – City Police in Newburgh have been testing body cameras for the last several weeks and the report on that should be presented to the city council next month.
The police have tested four cameras – one per shift. The city council has approved spending $50,000 for 50 of the devices, but Police Chief Daniel Cameron wants to buy 18 initially.
“We are moving forward and that is going to be the police department’s request to move past the pilot program with the next step being having all of our officers on the shift wearing them and prior to purchasing all 50 in case there are issues with that camera,” Cameron said.
Initially, Cameron wants to buy 18 cameras, one for every officer per shift. Once all the issues are resolved, the city will buy all of the cameras with the $50,000 the city set aside.