Police station awarded grant for body cam improvements

RAYMONDVILLE — The police department is receiving a boost to upgrade its body cams.

Gov. Greg Abbott’s Criminal Justice Division has awarded the city a $39,000 grant to improve its system of body cameras.

The department could use the grant to buy as many as five or six cameras, City Manager Eleazar Garcia said, noting each camera costs about $600.

Currently, Garcia said, the department has 10 body cameras to equip its 10 patrol officers.

So officials have not determined how to best use the money to improve the program, he said.

Police Chief Uvaldo Zamora has said the cameras “protect officers and citizens from any false allegations.”

Zamora has refuted some residents’ concerns that officers could delete data from the cameras.

The city’s policy prohibits officers from altering data.

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