Body cameras are becoming the norm for most police and sheriff’s offices.

The cameras are worn by officers that are out in the field as extra safety and additional evidence tools that can be used in cases.

During the Ford County Commission meeting Monday, the Ford County Sheriff’s Office will be getting theirs.

The commission approved the purchase of 16 body cameras to be used by the Ford County Sheriff's Office.

"We went through several businesses that have body cameras and decided to reach out to Motorola," Ford County Sheriff Bill Carr said. "I liked how they had a microphone as well as the camera conjoined with the system.

"They also have a still-camera feature and it matches up with our RMS system for case files."

The purchase would be for $79,463.66 total, with a 5-year contract.

"We can add to the program as we go along to eventually give every officer and jailer a body camera," Carr said.

The cameras were approved pending a general ledger review as well as a subscription review of the service by legal counsel.

The Dodge City Police Department added body cameras for their officers in 2016.

Ford County Fire and EMS were also approved for the purchasing of new radios through Motorola, to be equipped for everyone including volunteer and paid personnel, according to Ford County Fire Chief Robert Boyd.

The Ford County Sheriff's Office was also approved for camera cabling to be put into the jail for $27,588, by Southwest Engineering and Cable out of Dodge City.

According to Carr, the funds for the cabling will come from the Jail Tax fund.

Commissioners also approved Community Facilities Advisory Board recommendations for organizational funding to go towards Dodge City Area Arts Council, Dodge City Roundup, Dodge City Trail of Fame, Ford County Historical, Kansas Teacher's Hall of Fame and Young Guns Youth Rodeo for grants not to exceed $110,000.

The Dodge City Commission will vote on the final approval of the grants during their commission meeting Monday night.

All approvals were made unanimously 2-0, with Commissioner Chris Boys absent from the meeting.

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