Police chief tells council body cameras for o∞cers are too expensive to add now
Greeley Police Chief Jerry Garner told City Council members this week it’s too expensive to justify adding police body cameras without community demand.
After studying the issue for years and launching a small pilot program in 2016, Garner concluded the cameras might be good for Greeley one day, but not today.
“It’s a solution looking for a problem,” said Councilman Randy Sleight. “We’re not L.A. We’re not New York. We’re not Ferguson.”
But Council Member Rochelle Galindo dissented, saying there is a community push for body cameras. A group named Police Accountability Weld County has asked for them.
Greeley police have been involved in eight fatal officer-involved shootings since 2014, all deemed justified. Garner said body cameras would not have made a difference: “The facts of the situation wouldn’t change.”