Tri-County Area Federal Credit Union Donates to Police Body Camera Program
Township Police Receive Donation from Tri-County Area Federal Credit Union for Body-Worn Camera Program
At the recent Township meeting on July 25, 2019, Andrew Pistoria, President and CEO of Tri-County Area Federal Credit Union, presented the Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department with a $1,500.00 check. The credit union donated the funds to the township promote the police departments body-worn camera program.
After learning of the departments desire to seek out a grant to outfit its police officers with body-worn cameras, the credit union stepped forward to help the dream become a reality. This past January, the police department outfitted their School Resource Officer with a body-worn camera with funds donated by a couple from Douglassville, PA, both of whom are retired school teachers. When they learned of the unfunded proposal to outfit the SRO with a camera, they volunteered to donate the required funds to get the program off the ground. Since that time, both the department and the school administration have seen the benefits of the camera deployment and feedback has been positive. As a result, the Chief has decided to expand the body-worn camera program to include having cameras deployed with every on-duty police officer. The program will integrate the body-worn cameras with the departments existing WatchGuard in-car camera systems currently in use in all of their marked patrol units. The Chief has recently applied for a grant through Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency (PCCD) and the Department of Justice for (10) additional body-worn cameras at a total cost of $17,816.00. The grant would be a 50% matching grant; if approved the township would be responsible for half the cost of the equipment and software. As part of the grant application, PCCD and the DOJ will work with the department to enhance their current policy on the camera deployments.
Lower Pottsgrove PD wishes to thank TCAFCU for their gracious donation to this worthwhile program. Without these community partnerships, implementing this project would be much more burdensome to our taxpayers. However, once the project is complete the citizens of this community will benefit tremendously in knowing our officers will be more accountable and the officers themselves will be protected from false complaints. Research shows that the use of body cameras changes the way police and the community interact, reduces citizen complaints about police behavior, reduces police use of force incidents, and the evidence gathered can aid in prosecution; many times resulting in guilty pleas.
As the grant application process is still under review, the police department anticipates that if approved the camera deployment would most likely come in late 2019 or early 2020. Stay tuned!!
Pictured in above photo of check presentation from L to R: Lower Pottsgrove Twp. Commissioner Bob Mohollen; Andrew Pistoria, President & CEO of TCAFCU; Chief Michael Foltz; Lower Pottsgrove Twp Commissioner Earl Swavely, Jr. (Police Committee) and Commissioner Ray Lopez (Police Committee)