by AnnGardner Eubank
KILMARNOCK—Kilmarnock police officers will soon receive uniform upgrades as council unanimously, 6-0, earmarked funds from the 2022 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant for the purchase of body cameras during its Monday, October 18, meeting.
Council members voting in favor included Kylie Abbott, Curtis Smith, Mike Bedell, Les Spivey, Emerson Gravatt and Don Lee.
According to town manager Susan Cockrell, nine body cameras and three tasers will all be included in a five-year contract totaling $62,510 over the term. Cockrell said the town is applying for $11,000 in the 2022 round of the grant. She said in subsequent years of the contract, the town will seek grants for the equipment from Byrne Justice and other entities.
Additionally, council unanimously granted bonuses of $3,000 to full-time sworn law enforcement officers commensurate with bonuses given to state funded officers through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, but not locality police.
According to Lee, chairman of the police and public safety committee, in addition to bonuses for full time officers, part time officers will receive prorated amounts based on hours worked during the fiscal year….
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