Bay City approves body cameras for its police officers
Bay City — All police officers in Bay City will be getting body cameras.
The Bay City Times reports the city commission on Monday unanimously approved the purchase of 30 cameras.
The initial cost of the system, which includes cameras, equipment replacement, video storage and management software, is around $36,000. That cost is being offset by a $7,000 grant from the Bay Area Community Foundation and other funding could come in.
In addition to the equipment, the city will hire a part-time clerical worker to manage footage and handle related Freedom of Information Act requests.
A number of other Michigan departments are adding body cameras or considering them. President Barack Obama has promoted the use of body cameras by police after last year’s shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.