Schimminger Announces State Grant to Put Cameras in Town of Tonawanda Police Cars

September 1, 2006

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger announced today that he has secured $15,000 in state funding for the purchase of state-of-the-art digital video systems for Town of Tonawanda police cars.

“I am pleased to be able to respond to a request from the Town of Tonawanda for help with funding to purchase this state-of-the-art equipment,” Schimminger said. “The in-car digital video systems will make a valuable contribution to public safety in our community.”

Police departments use in-car video cameras to record all elements of vehicle stops, including probable cause, the officer’s approach to the vehicle, interaction between the officer and the vehicle’s occupants, and arrest procedures when the stop results in an arrest. In addition to providing a complete visual record that can be used in trials, the recordings are used for officer training and evaluation and can provide critical information and evidence if an officer is injured or killed in the course of a vehicle stop.

The new video systems will replace decade-old cameras that are no longer cost-effective to repair and maintain. Technological advances enable the modern digital cameras to record on DVD extended events of up to several days at a time and to accurately discern and record details at a distance of 1,000 feet, allowing them to be used in a variety of ways, including observation and recording related to serious accidents, large-scale disasters and all types of crime scenes.

“Our town police work 24-7 to keep the streets of our community safe. These video systems are tools to help the officers do that all-important job, and I’m glad that I was able to secure the needed funding from the state budget,” Schimminger concluded.