Special to Iredell Free News

The Statesville Police Department will receive $410,000 in federal funds for equipment upgrades following a successful appropriations request by Sen. Thom Tillis.

“With the $410,000 directed to the City of Statesville by Senator Tillis, the police department will procure 90 body-worn camera systems and 55 in-car camera systems,” Police Chief David Onley said. “These new systems will help ensure officer safety and accountability, resulting in stronger community relations. We thank the senator for his help in making this happen for our police department.”

Tillis emphasized the significance of technology in law enforcement, explaining that body-worn and vehicle-mounted cameras help police departments build a deeper trust with the communities they serve and increase officer safety.

“Funding for law enforcement is more important than ever, and I am pleased to support Statesville in its mission to ensure the safety of its residents and police officers,” he said. 

Mayor Costi Kutteh said city officials appreciate Tillis’ efforts on behalf of the citizens of Statesville.

“These systems will help maintain a high level of professionalism and integrity in our police department,” he said.

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