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Darien OKs Police Request To Fund Body Cameras

Darien Police Chief Duane Lovello, citing the need for transparency, has successfully argued for body cameras for local officers. The Representative Town Meeting approved $87,142 to buy the equipment Monday.
Darien Police Chief Duane Lovello, citing the need for transparency, has successfully argued for body cameras for local officers. The Representative Town Meeting approved $87,142 to buy the equipment Monday. Photo Credit: File

DARIEN, CONN. -- Darien police officers will likely be getting body cameras within a few months, according to a report by The Darien Times.

The community’s Representative Town Meeting green-lighted the appropriation of $87,142 for the equipment at its meeting Monday, The Darien Times reported.

The town had blamed costs when it passed on the equipment last year, but Police Chief Duane Lovello successfully argued this time that the need for transparency in times of tension between the police and public trumped financial considerations, The Darien Times article said.

According to The Darien Times, Lovell cited an incident where a black bicyclist who had been stopped by local police in July claimed racial profiling and had posted several videos on YouTube.

Police in Westport, Norwalk and Wilton already use body cameras, Lovell told the told the town body, The Darien Times reported.

Any videos made by police would be considered public record and would only be kept for 30 days, unless they were needed in a legal case, The Darien Times said.

The town is eligible for full reimbursement for the cameras by the state, the newspaper report said.

To read The Darien Times article, click here.

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