Ansonia aldermen vote to equip city police officers with body cameras

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ANSONIA, Connecticut — The city of Ansonia will soon fit its police officers with body cameras.

The Board of Aldermen on Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of 25 body cameras for the police department. Chief Kevin Hale says the cameras will cost nearly $38,000, but the department previously secured a $30,000 Justice Assistance grant to cover the bulk of the cost. The remainder will be paid for through the department's Asset Forfeiture Account.

Hale tells the New Haven Register ( ) that while cameras are "not a solution to everything," they will be beneficial.

He anticipates the cameras will be in use by the end of the year.

The city had been considering police body cameras well before several recent high-profile shootings by police across the nation.

Information from: New Haven Register,

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