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Law Enforcement body cameras put on hold after today's budget meeting

Law Enforcement body cameras put on hold after today's budget meeting

Sioux City Police are going to have to wait a little longer to get body cameras.

The City Council has decided to only give the police department half of the money needed to buy cameras.

That's because the council wants to see what legislation on body cameras could come from the state or federal government.

Chief Doug Young says he's still optimistic they'll get the cameras in the future.

"What was nice is that they put half of that money I requested into the budget and if something develops halfway through the year, I can come back and say 'hey, can we go back after this again," said Chief Young.

Police will also continue looking for other models and brands to use, if and when those cameras are approved.

"Body cameras will be a good tool for law enforcement to have. I think it's important to be able to document exactly what you do for when you're doing your work because so much of what we do ends up in a court environment and in this day and age it requires physical evidence," said Sioux City City Councilman Pete Groetken.

The final vote on setting the 2018 Fiscal Budget will be taken February 27th.

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