The Lawrenceville city council voted Monday to approve use of federal asset forfeiture funds to make several police equipment purchases.
Lawrenceville police will use $62,587 to purchase three license tag readers, hardware and installation for patrol cars and one operation center license and installation for an existing tag reader.
In a separate purchase, police will use $12,075 to purchase three Digital Ally in-car video systems. The DVM-800 cameras integrate with the patrol car’s rear-view mirror and can pre-record up to 30 seconds of footage before an incident recording is triggered.
According to Digital Ally’s website, “Officers who are in the middle of a tense or actively volatile situation may not instantly have time to trigger a recording, and this feature helps ensure that critical details are available for review later on.” In a third purchase, $25,290 will be used to purchase 10 sets of heavy ballistic armor for officers to wear when serving high risk warrants. The current armor is expired and needs replacement.