ELGIN, Okla._The Elgin Police Department is looking to upgrade its equipment by getting body cameras and possibly new dash cameras. They hope a fundraiser this weekend will help them do that.
The department just received a $1,500 grant from Cotton Electric and a $1,000 donation from the Elgin Chamber of Commerce. They hope to raise the rest of the money needed for the cameras Saturday at a breakfast fundraiser put on by the Elgin Masonic Lodge No. 367.
Elgin leaders say the cameras not only help the department and community, but also help get the department on par with the city's fire department when it comes to equipment.
"In today's society, with all that is going on, it is a tool so that everybody stays square with each other and it gives that kind of a hedge of protection for the police department and citizens," said Mayor Larry Thoma.
"If something comes up and they say the officer did something he wasn't supposed to do, then this will cover the officer, all he has to do is play it back," explained interim Elgin Police Chief Paul Tracy.