Powder Springs to pay $330k for police cams
Following protests around the country regarding questionable police shootings and deaths, Powder Springs City Council passed a resolution last week to spend $330,000 on new cameras for police to wear on their bodies and use in their vehicles.
The city first purchased body cameras for police officers in 2014. By 2016, there were 24 cameras deployed, enough for every uniformed officer. Powder Springs originally planned to use special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST, funds to buy new devices next year, but determined they need to be replaced right away. The city will instead use water and sewer reserve dollars to buy the cameras and replace those reserves with SPLOST funds over the next five years.