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Dozens of law enforcement agencies try to raise money online to buy body cameras

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PALMYRA, Ill. (AP) — At least 10 law enforcement agencies in Illinois, and two in Iowa, are among dozens that have turned to the Internet to raise enough money to purchase body cameras for officers.

As of Friday, March 18, 2016, departments in Palmyra, Benld, South Pekin, East St. Louis and six other municipalities in the state had signed up for free on the website to receive donations for the devices. Website creator Peter Austin Onruang tells the State Journal-Register that his body camera company, Wolfcom, provides the devices to law enforcement agencies for $250 each.

Individuals and businesses can make donations to a specific department, or they can contribute to a general fund to be dispersed among the various departments on the website.

When a department reaches $250, it can choose to buy a camera or let its fund grow.


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