Lima Police body camera contract up for consideration


By Josh Ellerbrock - jellerbrock@limanews.com



Craig Kelly | The Lima News Lima Police Sgt. Nick Hart displays a WatchGuard Vista high-definition body camera during the announcement of a 4-week pilot program to test these body cameras in the Lima Police Department.

Craig Kelly | The Lima News Lima Police Sgt. Nick Hart displays a WatchGuard Vista high-definition body camera during the announcement of a 4-week pilot program to test these body cameras in the Lima Police Department.


LIMA — Body cameras for Lima Police Department officers may be one step closer to becoming a reality.

Lima City Council will consider approving the $485,592 contract with WatchGuard Inc. to outfit officers and their patrol cars with an extra set of digital eyes during council’s regularly scheduled meeting to held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lima Municipal Building.

The department’s body camera pilot program began in January 2017. Since that time, the department underwent a lengthy camera selection process and had to move through a second round of bids in order to find the best option for the cameras.

The Lima Police Department received a litany of complaints — some by members of the black community concerning unfair treatment by officers — throughout that period.

The bid returned by WatchGuard Inc., a Texas-based company, was the only bid to meet all the standards identified within the request for proposals for the five-year project period.

The cameras identified in the contract are high-definition cameras that can shoot well in different lighting and can be activated with the tap of the button.

Council will also consider:

• Utilizing $58,500 worth of bonds to pay for the construction of sidewalks in locations throughout the city

• Approving a contract to purchase new software capable of coordinating the city’s traffic signal system

• Paying for the construction of a traffic signal at the intersection of Elm Street and Central Avenue

• Changing city code to move the enforcement authority of the zoning code to the city’s Community Development Department

• Authorizing the Director of Public Works to be able to enter into street maintenance agreements with the townships adjacent to the City of Lima or with Allen County

Craig Kelly | The Lima News Lima Police Sgt. Nick Hart displays a WatchGuard Vista high-definition body camera during the announcement of a 4-week pilot program to test these body cameras in the Lima Police Department.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/08/web1_BodyCams1.jpgCraig Kelly | The Lima News Lima Police Sgt. Nick Hart displays a WatchGuard Vista high-definition body camera during the announcement of a 4-week pilot program to test these body cameras in the Lima Police Department.

By Josh Ellerbrock

jellerbrock@limanews.com

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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