Hobbs takes step toward outfitting officers with cameras

Hobbs takes step toward outfitting officers with cameras
Midland Police Chief Price Robinson holds the new body camera (Source: KWES).

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - Police officers in one southeastern New Mexico community are one step closer to wearing body cameras.
           
The Hobbs City Commission recently approved a request for proposals for body cameras and in-car cameras for the police department. The move followed a staff recommendation that a contract be awarded to Georgia-based public safety company Utility Associates, Inc.
           
The Hobbs News-Sun reports (http://bit.ly/2if8HHP) the contract is not final yet but is expected to be worth more than $325,000 the first year and $213,000 in subsequent years.
           
Police Chief Chris McCall says he believes the technology provides a platform that the department can build on for years to come. The system allows for live streaming and real-time communication for missing person alerts.
           
The police department first began evaluating camera systems in 2012.
           
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Information from: Hobbs News-Sun, http://www.hobbsnews.com

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