Springfield City Council supports body cameras for police

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

Posted: Feb 24, 2020 11:17 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2020 10:05 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The Springfield City Council decided Monday evening to move forward with creating a program to look into implementing body-worn cameras in the police department.

The council looked over the potential cost of the cameras at Monday night's work session meeting. A decision to actually buy and implement body cameras has not been made and won't be made until possibly later in the year. However, this measure has been in the works for a while, 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 city of Springfield says there are a lot of questions that still need to be answered but the general consensus of the council is to move forward with this program.

The full agenda of the meeting, with the price break down for the cameras, can be found here.

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