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
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.