Lexington votes to start a fund for new police body cameras

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LEXINGTON, N.C. – City council members voted unanimously Monday to start a fund to help pay for 20 new body cameras that will be shared by Lexington police officers.

"It allows for that evidence to be used in court,” said Police Chief Mark Sink. “It allows for protection of that officer."

"Our professionalism, making sure our officers doing like they're supposed to be doing,” he said.

Of the police department's 61 officers, only two have cameras.

"We're a small agency,” Sink said. “We're doing everything we can."

The police department was recently awarded the Governor's Crime Commission Grant which will pay 34% of the costs for the cameras -- close to $19,000.

The city will match that amount using money left over from drug seizures and private donations.

Officers in nearby cities like Greensboro and Winston-Salem are already equipped with body cameras.

Sink hopes to have all officers wearing body cameras within the next two to three years.

"We want a good professional agency and this allows our officers to have another tool that they can use to do a great job," Sink said.