The Providence City Council’s Finance Committee approved a contract Wednesday that brings the city’s police force one step closer to procuring 250 new body cameras.
The contract with the company Taser International would cost an estimated $292,000 the first year. The price tag includes equipment, training, and video storage. After the initial year, Providence can extend the contract for an additional four years or cancel the program.
Some police departments across the country are turning to body cameras as a way to increase transparency.
In a statement, Finance Committee Chairman John Igliozzi said the cameras would bring greater safety to both citizens and officers.
The contract is expected to appear for a full Providence City Council vote in April. If approved, the city could begin the process of incorporating the cameras into the police force within a few months.