Chris Snyder, body camera, Elkhart Police

The Elkhart Police Department is proposing a deal to let one company supply the department with body cameras and other equipment that police say would improve transparency. Pictured, Assistant Chief Chris Snyder wears a Digital Ally camera that the new deal would see replaced.

ELKHART — The Police Department is seeking approval of a 10-year contract worth $7.3 million to let one company provide the department with much of its equipment.

The contract, which would cost the city $733,970 per year, would mean that Axon – formerly Taser International – would provide tasers, virtual reality training equipment, a new records management system, body cameras, dashboard cameras and interview room cameras. Currently, the department pays $335,848 annually for similar equipment, “not including complete replacement for some large price items such as tasers, body cameras and in car cameras.” The department said it will be able to say how much those large replacements cost, but that it would not happen until next week.

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fire111

Mario Guerreo Ledsma plead guilty to misdemeanor charges. He was sentenced to 1 year in jail, with 133 days suspended. His domestic partner got a life sentence of fear, anguish and pain. And most probably disfigurement! My how justice worked!

Joe King

you forgot to mention the 6 figure lawsuit against the city for violating his civil rights...yep, he will serve his time, and come out with a nice fat wallet @ the police officers that beat him while handcuffed and paid by the taxpayers. They need to make the police pay their own lawsuits or make the officers have their own insurance policy like doctors for malpractice!

fire111

Help me out here Joe! With your vast legal background and knowledge, where would a layman as myself go to find the lawsuit you say Mr Ledsma has filed? Also. Mr Ledsma admitted to his guilt on a plea deal. Probably saved him a few years in jail! As is he has probably been out of jail for quite sometime, while his spouse still suffers. Maybe for the rest of her life. The officers, as far as I know, have NOT had their day in Federal court. I think that trial is scheduled for late next month in South Bend. Cities DO carry insurance policies! Good idea having cops pay their own lawsuits. Let's have firefighters and medics also pay any lawsuits. And maybe lawyers should carry liability insurance. Why should THEY be immune to the losses their clients suffer? Yep! I see this getting very profitable!

Joe King

They either don’t use the ones now or are aware the ones they have now are not working for 300k a year, now that want 700k a year? The cameras in the the police station were working when they beat the handcuffed prisoner and they did nothing until the lawyers requested the video...so we are to assume now with better cameras the police will act accordingly or police themselves better? Cameras are one thing, but they need a fundamental change on how they act and police themselves... we have 138 officers, and only 2 beat a handcuffed prisoner, but if the other 136 didn’t report it to their superior officer. Then we still have 138 bad police officers. I would more transparency, accountability, and more social workers working for them,

fire111

Class act there Joe. You sound like you have an axe to grind with the police. Aren't you the same fella that accused the police of not doing their jobs on a fatal traffic accident? Hope I'm wrong! Your reasoning powers are lacking in substance. It's kind of like for example if a person charges a client a fee, and that person does not perform the task paid for, and the person charging the fee spends that fee, then fee charger gets adjudicated......Oh heck you know what I'm saying! Right?

Joe King

I don't get your response? It's ok to beat handcuffed prisoners? You are against accountability? Which is it? Police are held to a higher level, they received the bulk of the money in the city's budget. What wrong with wanting better? time to look for new and better ways

sidearm

Your obvious bias and hatred of the police is disgusting. It is however in agreement with your masters in the woke crowd.

Joe King

again, you are defending beating a handcuffed prisoner? On camera? You are against accountability.. I would have thought even you want better use of our tax payers money....guess I was wrong

fire111

I don't condone the officer's actions. Too bad we weren't able to see the damage to the prisoner's wife's face and her injuries. The pain and anguish she suffered from the prisoner has to be felt for the rest of her life. Then the arrest and battle at the scene, the assault on officers there and the spitting and biting before the female was taken to the hospital . But heck! This guy does have rights!

sidearm

Maybe Joe will let him live with him when he gets out of jail. Joe wants more accountability but complains when there is a cost for the equipment to accomplish that. So he really doesn’t want to fix the problem, just the ability to complain about it again and again and again.

Joe King

Sidearm the difference is I think there needs to be accountability...I think we have had police officers for over 100 years...and still we have problems...over and over again...I think its time we change from doing the same old same old with the same old same old results....reduce the patrol officers, increase the social workers, work to solve drug and homelessness and poverty issues. My bet is we would have better results.. But at least we can say we are trying something new...but hey, keep beating handcuffed prisoners up...keep giving them a 6 figure pay out for suing the city for violating their civil rights.....

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