Small southern Illinois city adds dashboard, body cameras

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JOHNSTON CITY, Ill. (AP) _ The small southern Illinois city of Johnston City is adding video cameras to its police force.

Johnston City’s police department has dashboard cameras for six of its eight squad cars. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that it also has received a donation to purchase body cameras. Police Chief William Stark says he plans to buy eight body cameras for four full-time officers and nine part-time officers.

Stark says he thinks it’s important to have the cameras so that there is documentation in the case of any complaints.

Johnston City has about 3,500 residents and is 20 miles northeast of Carbondale in Williamson County.
Information from: Southern Illinoisan