Crimestoppers gave an additional $4,000 while an anonymous donor contributed another $500 for the cameras, she said.
“It’s going to be great to have them,” Gilmer Police Chief Mark Case said Tuesday. He said the devices will “better protect citizens and officers.”
The cameras, which are about three to four inches long and two inches wide, record all interactions between officers and citizens they deal with, he said.
The chief said he would go before the city council Tuesday night (Sept. 22) to receive its approval for accepting the law firm’s donation before ordering the cameras the next day. He said he did not know when they will arrive.
The police department had enough funds to get a few of the cameras, and Crimestoppers “stepped in to help us,” Case said.
In a prepared statement, attorney Marty Young of the law firm said, “For many years, we have seen the benefits of law enforcement officials having the use of body cameras. They not only protect the officers; they also protect the citizens.
“The Gilmer Police Department has operated for too long without this useful piece of equipment,” Young wrote. “Now the officers serving this community will be fully equipped with body cameras, an essential tool for the modern police force.”