Hudson City Council signs off on buying body cameras for police officers

System will be integrated with in-car cameras, installed this year


HUDSON — Police officers in the city will have body cameras some time this year.

City Council on Tuesday voted 5-0 to enter a $196,978 contract with WatchGuard to buy an integrated body camera and in-car camera system.

Hudson Police Chief Perry Tabak said his department’s cruisers currently have dashboard and backseat cameras, but officers do not have body cameras now.

Council member Hal DeSaussure (At Large) said acquiring the body cameras was “a step in the right direction.”

Other legislators voiced support for purchasing the cameras when the issue was discussed at a workshop last month.

Tabak said the combined body camera/in-car camera system can be acquired this year, with deferred payments starting in 2021 and continuing for five years. The plan is for the system to be installed this year and replace the current dashboard and backseat cameras in the cruisers.

The chief said it will cost an additional $10,000 to install equipment in the cruisers for the integrated system.

Tabak said a camera will be purchased for each of his patrol officers as well as two spare devices that could be used by other department members, such as detectives.

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421,, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.