Border Patrol is a step closer to getting body cameras for their agents… whether they want or not.
President Obama is ready to spend $5 million to step up border security. That money is set aside to get cameras on agents’ bodies and in Border Patrol vehicles.
The agency did months of studying on the technology. The study states body cameras may offer benefits by reducing allegations and complaints and lowering the likelihood of use of force incidents.
An agent from the National Border Patrol Council, out of Laredo, said body cameras aren’t going to help secure the border. Member Hector Garza said, “We’ve been asking the agency to invest that money in resources that will help support border security.”
Hector Garza said the money can go toward better infrastructure. Garza said the agency needs, “radio towers, so that our Border Patrol agents can have the ability to communicate with another, while they are out there working in the fields. As you can imagine, not having the proper communication in the middle of the desert or in the middle of the ranch land is a significant and serious officer safety concern.”
The agent said he hopes the agency puts American tax dollars in the right place.
The proposed body cameras won’t be used by every agent. The study recommends agents working at check points or high-risk areas of operation to be equipped with body cameras.
JOIN THE MOVEMENT to SAVE THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
Please join the thousands of DML readers who have purchased a bumper sticker. CLICK HERE.
If you would like to receive Breaking News text alerts on a smartphone or tablet, download the DML APP which is completely FREE and easy to use. Go to the Google Play Store or the IOS App Store and search for DML APP. Be sure to keep the app’s notifications setting on. Another way to receive alerts is to text to 40404 the following message: follow @realdennislynch (be sure to put a space between the word follow and the @ symbol).
To see more stories like this, sign up below for Dennis Michael Lynch’s email newsletter.
Sign up to get breaking news alerts from Dennis Michael Lynch.
First 2016 Syrian Refugee Family Arrives… In Kansas City, USA