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EM Considering Body Cameras for Police

 from Axon, possible supplier of  body cameras to EM police
from Axon, possible supplier of body cameras to EM police

Police officers in East Moline may soon start wearing body cameras on the job.

Tuesday night the city council will consider joining other departments in the area and buying cameras for all the officers.

Chief Jeff Ramsay says he's wanted to do this for some time - it'll be expensive but worth the cost.

"Our officers want them, we want them, there's so many pro's to having them. It's that time to try to move forward with this to get this done."

East Moline would be the last department in the Illinois Quad Cities to get body cameras, and so far he's heard only positive comments about them from the other departments.

The cost would be 189,000 dollars for a five year contract, including the equipment, cloud storage, and insurance for the equipment.

Ramsay says state law would require East Moline to buy body cameras for its officers by 2025 anyway, and he sees no reason to wait.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.