Camera purchases OK’d for CH police
by James Phillips
Jun 23, 2012 | 812 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — Officers with the Carbon Hill Police Department will soon be equipped with miniature cameras, which the city’s police chief says will provide unlimited benefits.

“These micro digital video cameras will go anywhere,” Police Chief Heath Allred said. “Any time one of our officers is out of their car on a call, they can use these cameras to record everything.”

Allred said the cameras will cost around $100 each and he asked members of the Carbon Hill City Council Thursday to approve purchasing six.

“For $600, I consider this to be an awesome investment,” he said. “I think it would help with lawsuits and with officer safety. If we have to use force in a situation, the camera will show who the aggressor was.”

Each camera has a 2-hour runtime and can be recharged when not in use. The small cameras will be placed on each officer’s shirt, Allred said.

The Carbon Hill Police Department will adopt procedures regarding the use of the cameras, Allred added.

“This technology is similar to technology used at other departments around the state,” he said. “We’ll study their procedures and put together our own.”

Allred also asked council members to approve the purchase of new shirts and a pair of pants for Matt Dozier, an officer who was recently promoted to investigator.

Council member Scott Wright suggested Allred ask other officers if they need new summer uniforms and place one order.

“That’s what I will do,” Allred said.

Along with the cameras and uniforms, the council also approved a $500 car repair for the police department’s white Dodge Charger and a request to repair telephones in the patrol office.

In other action:

•The council approved an agreement with the Carbon Hill Utilities Board for collection of the city’s garbage fee.

• Members of the Carbon Hill Industrial Development Board announced they will host a “Trade Day” on Aug. 4 at the property next to the Carbon Hill Splash Pad.

Board officials said they hope to make the event monthly, taking place on the first Saturday of each month.

•Council members voted to participate in the weather preparedness tax holiday scheduled for July 6-8.

•The next meeting of the Carbon Hill City Council has been changed from Thursday, July 5, to Monday, July 2, at 6 p.m.