SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The Springfield City Council decided not to cut funding to the police department's body camera program at Monday night's work session.
According to staffers, Springfield Police Chief Rick Lewis proposed the cut as a way to preserve jobs over the next five years. Annually, the body camera program is estimated to cost the city about $350,000. The initial cost of the body cameras will cost more than $155,000. The Springfield Police Department said they are still applying for federal grants to cover that cost.
The entire budget for fiscal year 2021 will be voted on at next Monday's city council meeting where there will be public comment.
Lewis told council members the community could start seeing body cameras on officers as early as February 2021.