- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City police will soon be equipped with body cameras after city officials approved a more than $666,000 contract.

The Rapid City Council authorized Monday for the city Police Department to enter into a five-year contract with Arizona-based Axon for about 100 body cameras, the Rapid City Journal reported . The deal follows a three-month pilot project in which several police officers and sheriff’s deputies tested different body camera manufacturers.

“Everybody that’s working in a uniformed operational capacity will be wearing the body cameras,” said Police Chief Karl Jegeris. “It’s patrol. It’s field services.”

The department will use a $300,000 Department of Justice grant to help offset $150,000 of the cost over the next two years. The grant was awarded last year to the Police Department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office to implement body camera technology.

The City Council also approved an additional five-year contract for dashcam technology Monday. The more than $190,000 contract will switch the existing dashcam technology on the department’s patrol cars from a different provider to Axon. The transition should be complete by summer 2019, Jegeris said.

The Police Department has been outlining its policy for body camera use over the past year.

Police worked with the American Civil Liberties Union, its community advisory committee and the public while crafting the policy, Jegeris said.

“I would call it a community inclusive policy,” he said. “I think it’s going to serve our community very well.”

Officers will begin wearing the body cameras by end of June.


Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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