Springfield City Council to discuss body camera costs

Police report that this implementation would cost over $1.3 million throughout a five-year span.

Posted: Feb 23, 2020 6:36 PM
Updated: Feb 23, 2020 7:58 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Springfield City Council will meet Monday evening, and one of the topics of discussion is the cost of body-worn cameras for Springfield Police.

This measure has been in the works, but the affordability and total cost is the current point of discussion.

Springfield Police report that over the course of five years, body camera implementation would cost over $1.3 million. This includes, but is not limited to, the staffing and infrastructure.

Within the Springfield Police Department's latest budget proposal, shown is higher prioritization of body-worn cameras. The cameras would add to further accountability and serve as an opportunity to highlight areas of improvement.

Betty Reynosa-Bena has lived in Springfield since 1988 and said she does feel safe in her community. She believes that this implementation should be standard.

“I think that every officer should have one," Reynosa-Bena said. "If they're worried about the cost, then put a tax on the people to help pay for it."

Springfield resident Linda Reigel said that the implementation of body cameras will provide for safer day-to-day living.

"I think the community needs it,” Reigel said. “We have all sorts of different types of people that are causing problems, and for their own safety I think it's a great idea."

The council hopes that public safety within the community will be strengthened.

The full agenda for the meeting can be found here.

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