STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Starkville Police Department is in the process of purchasing $620,000 worth of new BodyWorn camera equipment after receiving approval on Tuesday at the Board of Aldermen meeting.
Starkville Chief of Police, Mark Ballard, said this new top-of-the-line equipment will be a game changer for the task force.
“BodyWorn camera systems is not a normal camera system," he said. "It provides a lot of live feed, a lot of information data that law enforcement executives need for better product in the field.”
The department is planning to buy around 60 body cameras and 40 vehicle cameras with its funds.
Ballard admitted that their current car cameras have been on the fritz after using them for over a decade.
He believes the new equipment is going to be crucial in the officers daily workload.
The BodyWorn camera equipment has the ability to alert others when an officer is down.
It will even send an alert when the officers pull their gun.
Capabilities like these make Ballard feel that the equipment could save the integrity of his profession.
“When you talk about BodyWorn cameras for transparency, for all the issues that are going on within this profession, it is expensive, but one that is very needed for this field,” said the chief.
Ballard believes this purchase will be helpful for both his officers and the citizens of Starkville.
He said it will enhance his officers ability to do and make public safety easier to accomplish.
Ballard hopes to ave the new BodyWorn camera equipment up and operational within 90 days.