This year the Tallahassee Police Department was in the process of trying to supply all of its officers with new equipment.
“We were pursuing a grant to establish and implement a body worn camera program for the police department,” said TPD Police Chief Michael DeLeo.
We’re told TPD applied for a justice department grant to buy body cameras. However that application was never submitted.
City leaders said that’s because of a software glitch. TPD officials said they turned in the online application at the end of April. But two days later got word it was never received.
TPD then filed for an appeal but that request was denied,
One resident said he hopes TPD can find another way to finance those cameras.
“Well it’s for a protection of the police and individual, that way it won’t be he say or she say,” said Larry Williams.
Police Chief Michael DeLeo said the department is already looking at other options.
“We’re going to continue to work together with the city and other partners to research other opportunities for funding resources. We’ll examine our budget, if we can help find money from that way and still invest in the future.
TPD said that grant would have provided 600,000 dollar for 425 body cameras.
As LCSO they’ll receive several body cameras by the end of this year