The Sioux Center City Council approved a proposal Monday to purchase body-worn cameras with related equipment and software for its police department. A total of eight cameras will be purchased and worn by each officer in the force. Police Chief Mike Halma says equipping his officers with these cameras will assist in continuing to provide the best possible protection and security for the community. He says they add transparency and accountability, and are good evidence gatherers. Halma also explained that video is often necessary in court as prosecutors are increasingly requesting video footage as evidence used in the court room.
The cost for the cameras and related equipment is just under $25,000, and is compatible with the system already in use in the squad car dash cameras. The cameras will be mounted and worn on the front of the officer’s vest.