All Waukegan police officers will soon wear body cameras as part of a plan OK'ed Monday by the city council.
The city council signed off on a 10-year agreement worth $1 million to buy the police body cameras from Motorola Solutions.
Twelve Waukegan police officers had been wearing body cameras as part of a pilot project launched by the city in August. The full body camera plan approved Monday seeks to have all officers wearing the devices by April.
"They'll be used all the time -- to respond to calls, to take statements from witnesses and victims if the witnesses and victims choose to be recorded," said Deputy Police Chief Keith Zupec, reported the Lake County News-Sun. "They'll be a great asset to us evidentiary-wise and also for the protection of the public, as well. We'll record our encounters with the public, so it's good for both sides."
Approval of Waukegan's police body camera plan comes before state rules governing the use of the devices take effect next month.
The state law in question does not mandate that police forces use body cameras. Instead, it clarifies when police can turn the cameras on and off and establishes a fund that law enforcement agencies could tap through grants to help cover the cost of the equipment and training.