Plano Police Department to outfit officers with body cameras

The city of Plano will outfit police with 300 body cameras after approving a $329,070 expenditure Aug. 28.

The city of Plano will outfit police with 300 body cameras after approving a $329,070 expenditure Aug. 28.

The Plano Police Department will outfit its officers with body cameras after council members approved the $329,070 expenditure.

Plano City Council on Monday approved the purchase of 300 body-worn cameras and other equipment to facilitate a policy the police chief expects will enable better evidence collection, improve risk-management efforts and promote better relations in the community.

The department, which has for years operated in-car recording systems in its patrol services and traffic units, previously had five body-worn cameras in its collection.

The new equipment will cost the city $91,570. The remaining $237,500 will come from a state grant.

The city's body cameras are manufactured by Allen-based WatchGuard Video.

Council members on Monday also approved a 10-year contract renewal with Allied Waste Services, whose Republic Services recycling facility on 14th Street was destroyed in a fire in late December. The company is considering investing $17 million in a new recycling facility in Plano, according to a memo prepared by city staff.

The company's contract with the city now runs through 2030.