The Rincon Police Department will be outfitted soon with newer and better cameras.
City council members approved spending $41,489 on a General Services Administration contract for seven in-car cameras and seven body cameras.
Police Chief Phillip Scholl said the city had been talking about the reliability of the camera systems purchased six to seven years ago. The cameras, he said, were not of very good quality.
“They are dilapidated and not working,” he said. “If they are working, the quality is so poor, you can’t tell that it’s even a car.”
Seven vehicles will be outfitted with the new cameras and once those cars reach the end of their service, they can be transferred to newer vehicles.
“As those vehicles go out of service, these cameras will last six to seven years,” he said. “We will get a longer life out of them.”
Rincon Police detectives have their own cameras, which are not connected to an in-car system.
Scholl said the department will use about $20,000 in condemned funds to buy the cameras. He said any grants for which the department was eligible are closed, the process for those grants won’t open for several months.