Law enforcement agencies looking at body cams

Cost, how to pay for them and which versions work best are hurdles local law enforcement faces when it comes to purchasing body cameras, and, in some cases, dashboard cameras for local law enforcement vehicles.

Most Garden City Police Department patrol cars have in-car or dash cameras, but the Finney County Sheriff’s Office is still looking to get those.

The Holcomb Police Department soon will be fully outfitted with body cameras, after the Holcomb City Council on Jan. 13 approved buying two body cameras and two in-car camera systems.

Holcomb Police Chief Tony Forsen said the HPD has been testing a body camera since the fall to see how the technology works. He recommended the council purchase two additional body cameras so that all three full-time officers on the force can be equipped with them.

Finney County Sheriff Kevin Bascue said his department is considering both body cameras and vehicle cameras.

“We would like to obtain body cams and dash-mounted video recording systems for each of our deputies and their vehicles,” Bascue said.

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