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\u2019s federal grant would be used to purchase the cameras, as well as the \u201cback-end system\u201d and software for storage.\u201cWe\u2019re still looking into different types of cameras. In the last couple of months, there\u2019s been a lot more camera systems coming out on the market,\u201d said Kluk.\u201cBefore, there were only a couple when we started looking into them, so we\u2019re still investigating which system would work best for us.\u201dKluk said the department has been looking into brands including Panasonic and Taser.Panasonic \u2014 the brand Wilton police currently have for their in-car cameras \u2014 is coming out with a body camera in about three to four months, Kluk told the board.\u201cThat will integrate the personal body cameras into the system. That\u2019s something we\u2019re leaning toward, since we already have that system here [in the cars],\u201d he said.\u201cSince we could connect the cameras to that system, it would make it a lot easier to get more cameras, so we\u2019re just waiting for that system to come out.\u201dKluk said the department has been using in-car cameras for \u201ca while.\u201d\u201cOnce you leave the car, all the video stays in the car. If you go outside of that viewing area, there\u2019s no more video,\u201d he said. \u201cThe personal body cameras would be on the officers when they leave the car, so there would be video of anything that goes on outside.\u201d Body camera use While the department has not yet written up a policy on when the body cameras would be activated or used, Kluk said, \u201cmost times, these cameras will not be activated all the time.\u201d \u201cIf we\u2019re going to check on someone\u2019s house or their lawns, the cameras most likely will not be on,\u201d he said. \u201cThese cameras are mostly for traffic stops or incidents where there would be an arrest made or [if] an officer responds to an alarm and something happens and it starts to escalate.\u201d Kluk said if needed, officers would be able to quickly activate their body cameras themselves. Cost Kluk said the department does not yet know exactly what the body cameras would cost, but he said a single camera could range \u201canywhere from $800 to $1,000.\u201d \u201cThere are a lot more expenses than just the camera itself,\u201d he said, \u201cbecause you need places to store it and upload it and download it and be able to view it \u2014 the software, the cost of the back-end system, the server, and stuff like that.\u201d Kluk said the $12,000 grant comes with \u201cno strings attached.\u201d \u201cWe don\u2019t have to pay anything back, we don\u2019t have to subsidize anything, there\u2019s no \u2018we\u2019ll give you $12,000 and you give us 12% on it,\u2019 he said. \u201cWe do have to account for it \u2014 it has to go to certain items, and one of those items on the list is for the body cameras.\u201d The JAG was already approved by the Board of Selectmen and signed by First Selectman Bill Brennan. Earlier this year, the Wilton Police Department received a $5,000 donation from the Realty Seven Charitable Fund for the purchase of body cameras. Click here\u00a0to learn more about the JAG.