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New Braunfels awarded grant for police body-worn cameras

New system includes 98 body-worn cameras

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – The body-worn camera pilot program for New Braunfels police officers is fully funded and ready to launch in early 2016.

The city of New Braunfels and the New Braunfels Police Department has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Justice to fund the implementation of a body-worn camera system for police officers.

The 50 percent matching grant, totaling $31,745, is part of the Department of Justice’s Body Camera Pilot Implementation Program.

The new system includes the purchase of 71 body cameras for officers in patrol, traffic and K-9 divisions. Funding for 27 more body-worn cameras has also been approved by the New Braunfels City Council.

NBPD will be purchasing the cameras from WatchGuard, an in-car video system that the department is already transitioning into for its fleet of patrol vehicles, meaning audio and video from cameras in the patrol car and on the officer will be synced, providing a more accurate portrayal of events encountered by officers.