County commission approves body cam purchase

St. Joseph County commissioners last week approved a request from Sheriff Mark Lillywhite for the purchase of 38 body cameras.

His $217,000 request includes cloud storage, in-car cameras and upgraded as circumstances warrant. The deal covers a 10-year period and is being worked out with a company called WatchGuard.

Funding will come from the $2 million commissioners allocated toward special purchases from the $11.8 million it received through American Rescue Plan Act funding.

In a separate matter, commissioners accepted a proposal from Kalamazoo-based Eckert Wordell for design services related to the former Three Rivers Public Library. The county recently purchased the West Michigan Avenue facility, to where it plans to relocate Probate Court, Family Court and Friend of the Court from the Centreville courthouse.

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