(WLNS) – In the capital city, the next city budget of $200 million proposed by the mayor has included funds for police body cameras.
6 News Nick Perreault tells us many Lansing officials see those cameras as another tool to protect the citizens.
From dashboard cameras to Tasers and now body cameras.
“This is policing three 3.0. We’ve always had a high degree of police legitimacy,” said Mayor Virg Benero.
In 2016 Mayor Bernero will continue that trend by spending $75,000 for 100 body cameras, equipping almost every officer on the street.
“I think it will protect the officer and it will protect our citizens and it eliminates the he said she said in most cases were you can go back to the tape,” said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.
Tape that Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski is happy to add to the department’s tool belt.
“As technology is catching up with us Mayor Bernero has been always very supportive of the Lansing Police Department,” said Chief Mike Yankowski, Lansing Police.
Chief Yankowski says this money shows his continued commitment to equipment and training dollars from the city.
“It’s not the save all either, it’s another law enforcement tool that will help us better provide for criminal investigations.”
And video that the chief says will help show what officers go through and exactly how and why they responded to a call.
“We want to be able to be as transparent as possible, but we also have to protect the integrity of these investigations.”
But the chief has his privacy concerns.
“There has to be times where police officers can turn that off.”
Including when talking with an assault victim or key witness.
“To provide statements that somebody is not going to be feeling like they’re in retaliation if this gets released, so those are some of the things will have to work through.”
But for now the Lansing Police Department is happy to welcome the body cameras to the force.
Also included in that budget is money put aside to equip the department with a few new police cars.