Richmond Purchases Police Car Cameras

| October 23, 2012
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Richmond City Council has decided to participate in the Household Hazardous Waste program for a second year.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with City Administrator Ron Brohammer:

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The agreement with Mid-America Regional Council will cost the city about $6,000 for the year.  Council also approved the purchase of a new tractor/backhoe for the cemetery.  “It’ll also see some work in public works and water and wastewater,” said Brohammer, “It’s a smaller unit than a big track hoe or whatnot, so it’ll allow them to have a very fine piece of  equipment to use in more confined spaces.”  The new equipment cost about $32,000, but the city was able to sell their old backhoe for $7,500 to offset some of the cost.

City Council authorized a lease Purchase Agreement for six cameras.  Brohammer said the cameras will be installed in the police cars, and will record when an officer makes a traffic stop and officers will have a remote mic.  When an officer returnes to the station, that information will automatically be uploaded to a server.  “So we see a lot of benefits here, not only as officer safety, of course is paramount.  It also could be used as evidence if there are issues involving individuals that perhaps denied that they were violating the law,” said Brohammer, “Sometimes we have complaints that an officer was abusive or whatnot.  It’ll clearly show exactly exactly what’s going on at the scene of whatever it might be.”  The city will pay a $15,000 downpayment and five payments of about $7,800.

Council also authorized an agreement with Olsonn Associates to engineer the Safe Routes to School Project.  An update on the new wastewater treatment facility was delivered during the administrator’s report.  A request for a construction permit was submitted on October 19th.

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