Rockford aldermen approve grant for police dashboard cameras

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Rockford city aldermen Monday night approved a grant worth $200,000 from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. The money will pay for dash cameras in roughly 30 police cars.

“It protects the officer, protects the citizens, it helps us capture crimes and it helps us capture incidents.  It also allows us to ensure officers are always being professional in the public,” said Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea

O’Shea says it’ll take a couple of months to order and install the cameras. He hopes to equip every squad car with one. Currently, only a few vehicles have the technology. The city also will be looking to upgrade the police fleet. At next week’s council meeting aldermen will discuss a lease to add and replace 48 marked vehicles that will also be equipped with dash cameras.

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