Here’s a recap of the Feb. 22 Greenville City Council meeting:
Approved: Body cam holster equipment
City Council gave initial approval to use $60,000 to purchase holster equipment that will update the Greenville Police Department’s body-worn camera system.
The equipment, called Signal Sidearm, automatically activates the body cam of any officer within 25 feet of another officer who removes a firearm from its holster.
Capt. Jeff Long called the update “imperative” for police.
It complements the department’s existing body cam system, and it follows the recommendation of the city’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Public Safety, Long told City Council members.
The ability to automatically activate body cameras ensures that use-of-force incidents are captured on video, according to the City Council ordinance.
The footage can then be used to “either justify the officers’ actions and conduct or validate possible complaints stemming from use/show of force situations,” the ordinance reads.
Money for the holster system will be obtained through the Law Enforcement Special Revenue Fund, a U.S. Department of Justice account.
Approved: Apartment complex annexed
City Council also voted to annex 12.5 acres of already-developed property at 7001 Cinelli St. off Roper Mountain Road. The property is currently an apartment complex and is located behind ECPI University, said Jay Graham, director of planning and development for the city.
Planning staff and the Greenville Planning Commission recommended approval of the annexation.