Hayden Town Council to consider purchasing body cameras for officers | SteamboatToday.com

Hayden Town Council to consider purchasing body cameras for officers

— The Hayden Town Council on Thursday will consider purchasing body cameras to be worn by the town’s police officers.

Town staff members will deliver their reports beginning at 7 p.m. The regular meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

The town budgeted to purchase the cameras this year. Similar cameras have been rolled out nationwide and by the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

“During this same time, increased public awareness and unfortunate incidents in other states has raised the belief that these tools can assist in reducing some of the more negative contacts that citizens have with law enforcement officers,” states a memo prepared for the town council.

The town was hoping that grant money would be available soon, but it now appears that it could take another year to buy the cameras if the town is awarded grant money.

“However, given recent events, Chief (Greg) Tuliszewski is recommending that the purchase of the body cameras go forward as soon as possible as approved in the 2015 town budgeting process,” the memo states.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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