Written by Julie Silva Friday, 21 March 2014 08:00
Every officer in Palmhurst will soon have video footage of every call to which he responds. Tuesday night, the city commission agreed to spend more than $22,000 on point-of-view cameras that each officer will wear on a pair of glasses or on his collar.
Chief Michael Vela said the city's new policy will require officers to turn it on during each call.
“My main focus here is for the officers, the officer safety and the citizens,” Vela said. “If there’s a shooting, the majority of the time it’s just the officer and the suspect.”
The Palmhurst City Council also agreed to pay $91,000 for a new dispatch system that should be more efficient, but city leaders didn't take spending that kind of money lightly.