Kennett police get new body and dash cameras thanks to a grant

Kennett police get new body and dash cameras thanks to a grant

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - Kennett police officers recently got new equipment at no cost to the city.

The department received $11,000 from the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Association (MIRMA) for body and dash cameras.

MIRMA is a self-insurance pool that is owned solely by the members, which are Missouri governmental agencies.

Each year members of MIRMA can apply for grant money to purchase equipment that can create a safer workplace for employees.

This year the Kennett Police Department received money to purchase multiple body and dash cameras, which will help keep officers safe.

Captain Tim Trowbridge also said the cameras would help the department reach its goal of being open with officers and the public.

"Obviously this will help out with investigations, but every department is trying to go to them or at least looking into it and researching it," Trowbridge said. "Our goal without department is to be more transparent."

Trowbridge said the additional body cameras and dash cameras will allow for all on duty officers to have both when patrolling.

The department received seven body cameras from the Rotary Club earlier this year, so now they have a total of 19 body cameras.

Trowbridge said getting used to equipment does take some time, but it is a positive addition for the department.

Kennett City Light Gas and Water also received MIRMA grant money this year.

According to Superintendent of Utilities, David Wilkins, City Light Gas and Water got $3,425 to purchase an AED, a manhole-lifting device and an attic lift.

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