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GRPD increases bodycam request, adds Tasers

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Grand Rapids Police Department

An almost $2 million Grand Rapids Police Department proposal increases the number of officers equipped with individual body cameras and tasers.

The total investment is about 25 percent higher than the initial proposal presented last spring.

That  proposal requested 200 body cameras for Grand Rapids Police Department officers along with software and other maintenance costs.

The department is now requesting a camera for each of its 298 sworn officers, as well as the purchase of 100 new Tasers.

Chief David Rahinsky says there’s an overall cost savings of $80,000 by bundling the purchases, and it would expand Taser usage department-wide.

He says Tasers are only currently used by GRPD patrol officers.

Municipal insurance would cover about $200,000 of the $1.97 million 5-year price.

About $675,000 would come from the city’s Transformation Fund.

City Commission reviews the purchase at a Tuesday morning meeting.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.