Schimminger Announces State Grant to Put Cameras in Kenmore Police Cars
April 22, 2008
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger announced today that he has secured $20,000 in state funding for the purchase of in-car video equipment for the Kenmore Police Department. “I am pleased to be able to respond to a request from Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang and Police Chief Carl LaCorte for help with funding to purchase this equipment for the village’s police cars,” Schimminger said. “The in-car 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. They provide recorded evidence that can be used in trials, and have been found by the International Association of Police Chiefs to help reduce officers’ court time, protect municipalities from frivolous lawsuits, and improve conviction rates in DWI prosecutions. “Our village 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.