Niskayuna

Niskayuna gets money for body cameras

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The town of Niskayuna has received grant funding to help the police department purchase body-worn cameras, the town announced Friday.

The $33,420 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will cover 30 body cameras, said now-former Supervisor Yasmine Syed Friday.

“It was a pleasant surprise,” Syed said about receiving the grant, which came just a couple days before her last day in office.

The grant was geared toward departments that had fewer than 50 officers or were rural or federally recognized tribal agencies, according to a release on the grant.

Body cameras have been a topic of discussion in police departments across the region, state and country. The inclusion of body cameras in the department was a recommendation of a police department audit the town had done, Syed said.

She also said both citizens and police officers have indicated they want the cameras.

“We are really excited,” she said. “It’s going to be greatly beneficial to our police department.”

Over the last few months, the department has tested six different body cameras. Police Chief Jordan Kochan said he would not comment on any of the body cameras the department tried until a presentation was given to the Public Safety Committee on Jan. 6.

However, he said the department is happy to receive the grant.

The time for the Jan. 6 meeting has not been set yet, but Kochan said it will not be in the morning. Previous public safety meetings had been held at 8 a.m.

This follows the city of Saratoga’s recent announcement that it had signed a 10-year contract with Axon Enterprises of Scottdale, Arizona, to outfit all the officers in the department with body cameras for upward of $2.8 million.

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