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City Council approves resolution to buy body cams for Sioux City police

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- Sioux City's City Council has unanimously approved a proposal to buy 120 body cameras for the police force in Sioux City.

The plan includes the purchase of body cameras, software, hardware, and allows for training. In all, $260,000 is the estimate for the necessary equipment.

After the approval for the purchase of body cams for the Sioux City Police department, city council members said they're going to make a big impact on the community.

"We need to exceed those expectations," said Dan Moore, City Councilman

Council Member Dan Moore said approval of the body cameras for police is a good step for the future.

"I think it's going to change the culture that we have in our community with body cameras. I think they're going to serve a very good purpose when they're implemented, I think both for the police officers and our citizens," said Moore.

Captain Mark Kirkpatrick of the Sioux City Police department said officers are ready to start training, once the equipment arrives in late fall.

"I think it's a good move going to the body worn cameras. Body worn cameras tend to make everybody's behavior a little bit better. So we see them as a positive piece we're looking forward to them. we've been looking at these for quite some period of time," said Capt. Mark Kirkpatrick, Sioux City Police Department.

Council members hope the implementation helps bring the community together.

"This has been one that has come together by not only the police officers and the council but also the citizens. And everyone supporting it. The timing is good, the timing is right. We just need to make sure when it's implemented that we do it just first class," said Moore.

Moore adds they've done lots of research on body cam technology to make sure when they are implemented it's done right

The council suggested the $260,000 for the body cams should come out of the Redflex fund, which is a fund made up of revenue from tickets that come from the city's red light and speed cameras.

City Councilman Dan Moore said a majority of the money from those cameras stays in Siouxland.

"Those funds are designated for public safety measures. And there's no question that body cameras, it's a public safety measure," said Moore.

Moore adds staff from the police department will make sure the system is properly implemented.

The body cams come from Midwest Public Safety LLC out of Decatur, Illinois.

The model DC-02 features automatic triggering, eliminating the concern of not recording in the field.

It also has built-in GPS for location tracking and more.

Sioux City Police Chief Rex Mueller said after training, officers could be wearing the cameras later this year.

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