Midland City Council gives police green light for body cameras

Midland City Council gives police green light for body cameras

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The Midland Police Department is one step closer to having body cameras.

On Tuesday, the city council approved the department apply for the grant.

The next step is to submit a grant application for the Body-Worn Camera Program, through the  Office of the Governor's Criminal Justice Division.

The attorney general's office has about $10 million available to police departments and sheriff's offices across Texas to help fund the body cameras, said Chief of Police, Price Robinson.

Robinson said he's confident the grant will come through, saving the city and taxpayers about 75% the cost of the cameras.

About 130 people across the department will be getting a body camera.

"Body cameras will serve as tools for Midland's police to enhance officer interactions with the public, build community trust, and gather important evidence for use in the prosecution of crimes," said Sara Bustilloz, the City of Midland's Public Information Officer.

There is a requirement to the grant, though.

A training course will have to be taken and a curriculum is already set for officers to learn how to use their new technology while on duty.

The Midland Police Department must have this application sent by July.

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