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Wilmington City Council approves body cameras, active shooter kits

The Wilmington City Council approved both police body cameras and active shooter kits at their meeting Tuesday night. (Source: WECT) The Wilmington City Council approved both police body cameras and active shooter kits at their meeting Tuesday night. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

The Wilmington City Council approved both police body cameras and active shooter kits for the Wilmington Police Department at their meeting Tuesday night. 

The Wilmington City Council approved  an ordinance making a supplemental appropriation to the public improvements/equipment fund for a U.S. Department Justice Assistance Grant of $82,325 that was awarded to the city.

The grant money will be used to purchase as least 60 body cameras.

Assistant Police Chief Jim Varrone told city council members during Monday's agenda meeting that the department currently has 127 body cameras and the additional amount would likely mean every patrol officer would have one.

Council also approved an ordinance appropriating $68,210 of federal forfeiture revenue to the special purpose fund to purchase 190 active shooter kits for the WPD's patrol officers.

According to information given to council members, the kits will include steel and spaul solution vests that will be issued to police officers during active shooter and other critical incidents. The vests will provide additional protection from high velocity rifle rounds.

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