Avondale Estates receives grant to purchase body cameras
Avondale Estates is receiving some financial help to defray the cost of equipping its police officers with body cameras.
The city recently received a $4,500 Georgia Municipal Association Safety and Liability Management Grant.
“These funds will be used by the City to purchase HR Express and body cameras,” a press release from the city says.
In March, City Manager Clai Brown said the city would purchase the 13 body cameras from Taser International at a cost of $16,838.
Last year the city of Decatur hired a local company, Utility Associates, to provide cameras for its police officers. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has signed a contract with Taser International.
Avondale Estates’ press release says, “The GMA Safety and Liability Management Grant program was introduced in 2000 to provide a financial incentive to assist members in improving their employee safety and general public liability loss control efforts through training and the purchase of equipment or services. Since the inception of the program over 130 cities have received grant money, over 500 grants were approved totaling nearly $1.5 million to fund items such as bulletproof vests, training videos, confined space entry equipment, reflective safety vests, fire department turnout gear, and police department in-vehicle video systems. These grant funds have helped leverage the purchase of over $2.6 million in this type of equipment and training.”