The Covington Police Department will have 10 new digital video systems installed in patrol cars thanks to a grant and seized funds.
The Covington city council approved Chief of Police Stacey Cotton’s request to purchase the video/audio recording equipment for patrol vehicles for an estimated $125,000 in April, 2009. The council also approved a grant application for federal funding to cover a portion of those costs with the remainder coming from funds seized by the CPD, according to a memo from the council.
The CPD was approved for a Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) which covered $37,787, leaving a balance of $104,973.54 which will be covered by the seized funds. The cost of the equipment has increased since April 2009 and is now estimated at $142,760.54. That price covers both the installation of the units, as well as support service for the next three years.