State grant will fund new body cams for Aurora police

Photo by Max Fleischmann

Aurora Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin on Jan. 13 announced that the Aurora Police Department has been awarded a $55,092 grant to outfit its officers with 35 new body-worn cameras.

All Aurora police officers are currently assigned body cameras and all police vehicles are outfitted with dash cameras. The city will enter into an agreement with Getac Video Solutions once the current contract expires.

“The timing of the grant opportunity was ideal since our contract with our current vendor expires in 2023,” Police Chief Brian Byard said. “Furthermore, the Getac-brand body cams produce the same quality video at a much more reasonable price, so this is great news for our community.” 

The grant funding is provided through the Ohio Department of Public Safety Division.

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Wendy DiAlesandro is a former Record Publishing Co. reporter and contributing writer for The Portager.