City commissioners approve funding for GR Police body cameras

Posted at 11:58 AM, Mar 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-10 12:07:48-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Committee of the Whole on Tuesday voted unanimously to fund the body camera roll out for the Grand Rapids Police Department.

The committee voted to use $674,124 from the Transformation Fund for the first two years of body camera implementation.  Then, the project will transfer into GRPD’s operations budget.

Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky outlined the department’s administrative policy for the cameras, saying they were not intended to record conversations and that all video captured would not necessarily be shared with the public.

The department started field testing body cameras earlier this month.  Eight officers volunteered to test the cameras for a 30-day period.