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Oct 31, 2016 10:53 AM

Lebanon PD receives anonymous $18,000 donation for body cameras

LEBANON — The Lebanon Police Department received an anonymous donation of $18,000 to purchase body cameras to be worn by their officers.

A Lebanon resident stepped forward with the generous donation after a news story highlight the department's lack of body cameras. The department said that they had been exploring the integration of body cameras, but were unable to due to budget constraints.

Currently the department uses an in-car camera system in all its marked patrol cars. This camera system is mounted facing forward through the windshield of the patrol car, along with a camera mounted facing the back seat to record prisoners during transport. Officers also wear a wireless microphone to record audio while the in-car camera captures video.

"The drawback to this system has been that there is no video documentation of any incidents that take place out of the view of the camera mounted in the patrol car," Chief Richard R. Mello said in a press release.

This donation will allow for the purchase of 10 body worn cameras for Lebanon officers who are working uniformed patrol. The donation also funds the necessary accessories, hardware, installation, training and support required to integrate the body worn cameras.

The 10 cameras will be shared by the roughly 22 patrol officers that are assigned to the patrol division and any other officer who may be working a uniformed patrol assignment.

"The addition of body worn cameras to our existing system will further protect our police officers and offer the capability of capturing additional evidence in the course of our duties," Mello said.

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