The Wilton Police Department is one step closer to getting body cameras for its officers, after the Board of Finance approved a $12,000 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) during its April 21 meeting.
Lt. Robert Kluk said most of the money from the Justice Department’s federal grant would be used to purchase the cameras, as well as the “back-end system” and software for storage.
“We’re still looking into different types of cameras. In the last couple of months, there’s been a lot more camera systems coming out on the market,” said Kluk.
“Before, there were only a couple when we started looking into them, so we’re still investigating which system would work best for us.”
Kluk said the department has been looking into brands including Panasonic and Taser.
Panasonic — the brand Wilton police currently have for their in-car cameras — is coming out with a body camera in about three to four months, Kluk told the board.
“That will integrate the personal body cameras into the system. That’s something we’re leaning toward, since we already have that system here [in the cars],” he said.
“Since we could connect the cameras to that system, it would make it a lot easier to get more cameras, so we’re just waiting for that system to come out.”
Kluk said the department has been using in-car cameras for “a while.”
“Once you leave the car, all the video stays in the car. If you go outside of that viewing area, there’s no more video,” he said. “The personal body cameras would be on the officers when they leave the car, so there would be video of anything that goes on outside.”