Local Police Departments Receive Donations to Purchase Body Cameras

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Two metro police departments will soon be equipping their officers with body cameras.

Rod French, the CEO of Kenworth Mid-Iowa, a local trucking company made donations Friday afternoon to the Des Moines and Waukee departments.

Des Moines received $125,000. Waukee got $14,000.

Waukee Police Chief John Quinn says the donation is large enough to equip all 18 of his full time officers with a camera. The money will also cover software and hard drives to store data.

Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert says the $125,000 will equip about half of his officers.

Both chiefs say the cameras will increase public trust in their departments.

"The public expects these body cameras. The officers and departments embrace them. This is where law enforcement is heading,” Wingert said.

"We're able to provide a new tool, an important tool that will provide protection for our officers and the community members. With that brings transparency in our operation,” Quinn told Channel 13 News.

Waukee will likely roll out the new cameras in July after the start of the next fiscal year. Des Moines hopes to have its officers equipped by sometime in August.

As far as making the data public, both chiefs say they will follow similar policies to those in place for dashboard cameras.

According to Chief Wingert, he will look for grants, private donations, and will comb through the budget in order to equip all officers with cameras and purchase software, servers, and potentially hire an additional employee to manage it all.