Greene County to vote on police body and car cameras
Ted Remsnyder reports for Columbia-Greene Media that the Greene County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee approved $250,000 in funding for body and car cameras for Greene County Sheriffs during its meeting May 4. Next, the full Legislature is expected to vote for them. “It started two years ago when we had the police reform committee,” Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said. “It was a recommendation that came out of the police reform committee and then during the next year’s budget cycle, the board turned down the request to go to body cams. Now (Sheriff) Pete Kusminsky has brought it back up because there’s a general assumption that any accredited agency will pretty much be mandated to have them now. So that’s pretty much being forced.” Groden was pitching the cameras as police helpers. “I think more often than not it exonerates an officer versus not. Particularly with the car cameras, because we’ll have one that actually shoots to the back seat. So if you try to bang your head against the back window and they say, ‘Hey, I got beat up.’ It’s going to be filmed,” he said. It will cost Greene County the county, under the proposal, $29,940 for 60 body cameras, $106,650 for 27 police car camera kits, and $25,299 installation in 38 police vehicles, the story says. Groden says Greene County will hire someone to edit and process the camera recordings. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.