Grant money will buy new police car video systems

Photo by Sue Suchyta

Photo by Sue Suchyta

One of the new vehicle digital video systems will be placed in the new Mustang, which was purchased with drug forfeiture money.

Sunday Times Newspapers

MELVINDALE – Police will receive five in-car video equipment systems as the result of two grants and drug forfeiture money.

City Council members voted Wednesday to approve the purchase. The total system cost is $32,000, which includes five mobile digital video packaged systems with two cameras each.

Police Chief Rick Cadez said the money will come from three funding sources, including a $19,000 U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services grant through the Downriver Community Conference, a DOJ Justice Assistance Grant administered by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department for $11,000 and $1,100 in drug forfeiture funds.

The COPS grant is earmarked for the purchase of police-related equipment; in-car video equipment is eligible.

The older style VHS cameras currently are in three of the department’s cars: a patrol car, a K-9 unit and the new motor carrier unit. In addition to replacing those units with digital cameras, two new systems will be installed in a road patrol vehicle and a Ford Mustang recently purchased by the department.

Converting to digital equipment means that the older VHS tapes no longer will need to be erased and reused.