State Representative Tony D’Amelio (R-71) today applauded the state’s Bond Commission for approving a grant to reimburse to the town of Middlebury for the cost of police-worn body cameras.
As part of a $1,768.525 expenditure, 14 municipal police departments, including Middlebury, will be reimbursed for purchases of body-worn recording equipment, digital data storage and related services for law enforcement officers. The grant approved today includes $37,463 for Middlebury.
“Protecting the rights of both our citizens and police officers is a benefit to the entire community and I’m pleased the Bond Commission understood those needs and will help municipalities offset expensive, but important, technology,” Rep. D’Amelio said. “By providing body-worn cameras for our police officers we can hopefully reduce improper accusations of misconduct while also quickly and professionally responding to legitimate complaints of inappropriate conduct. Transparency will increase the public trust of our dedicated law enforcement officers and foster an even more open dialogue within the community.”
Once fully implemented, grants under this program will total $15 million statewide, including $2 million earmarked specifically for the state police. To date, 2,870,310 has been previously approved.
Other municipalities that received reimbursement under today’s grant include: Bloomfield, Darien, Eastern Connecticut State University Police, Groton Town Police Department, Middlebury, Milford, Naugatuck, New Haven, North Haven, Orange, Putnam, Western Connecticut State University Police, Wilton and Wolcott.