Bangor City Council to Discuss Funding Body Cams for Police
The Bangor City Council will discuss the possibility of providing body cameras for police officers during a workshop on Wednesday night.
Bangor Police have said they're in favor of the body cams, that would record interactions between officers and the public. Sergeant Wade Betters told WABI-TV that the cameras "could give the public a better glimpse of the full story of what had happened" in any situation. He says they could make people less quick to judge the police.
But body cams aren't cheap. The cost of body cams for the Bangor Police Department is estimated to be around $400,000. At Wednesday night's budget workshop, the council will determine whether it's a feasible expense, which would come out of the general fund. They hope to get the budget finalized tonight and vote on it at the full final council meeting at the end of the month.