Monday, 13 May 2019 22:10

Bangor City Council discusses body cameras Featured

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BANGOR- State Police tested a body camera program earlier this year.

The program never took off due to the cost and questions about file storage.

 

Bangor is looking into something similar.

 

"There has been a lot of ask from the community about having body cameras in Bangor." said Council Chair, Sarah Nichols.

 

Council members and officers from the Bangor Police Department went over a list of 'pros' and 'cons.'

 

"I am very proud of our police department as they are." Nichols added. "I think anything that gives them more tools to keep everyone safe is a positive thing."

 

According to Chief Hathaway, officers with the Bangor Police Department interact with more than 100,000 people each year.

 

Many city council members said implementing body cameras would be a good thing, but it comes with a cost.

 

"It's a $175,000 estimated up front cost and probably $125,000 year to year." said City Councilor, Ben Sprague. "That's a fairly large amount of money in the scheme of our budget."

 

Those numbers may not even be consistent year to year because of advances in technology.

 

"We're philosophically in favor, but getting to the point the technology matches up and the costs are in our means...that's what we're trying to get to here." Sprague said.

 

A final decision will be made by the end of June.

Rachel Mann

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She graduated from Bridgewater State University where she majored in communications and accounting. While attending Bridgewater State, she co-ancho...