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Company Donates To Kenova Police For Equipment

Reported: Apr. 3, 2014 4:52 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 4, 2014 3:30 PM EDT
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KENOVA, W.Va. (Darrah Wilcox) -- A new fee being tacked on to criminal arrests and tickets in Kenova. The goal was to generate more money for equipment and officer training, and a generous offer from a local business has that goal off to a great start.

Walker Transfer, a business that has been around for 50 years in Kenova, wanted to step in and help its local officers.

The head of the company dropped by the police department after hearing about the need for some new equipment, and offered to buy one of the $1,000 body cameras the department is currently testing out. With just one button, the camera records everything around an officer, increasing his safety and decreasing the potential for complaints.

Walker Transfer wanted to give back and encourages other businesses in the Ceredo-Kenova area to do the same.

"You know, criminals are up to date, and for us to have a chance to survive and do what we need to do, we need to be as current as possible, with the most up to date technologies as well," Walker Transfer Chief Operating Officer Marcia Daniels said.

Officer Adam Lewis said the department had just started testing the body camera it was hoping to buy when it learned of the donation.

"It was a shock. Now we actually have a camera that we can all use and protect ourselves with and protect the citizens with," he said.

Lewis said having the new technology is a huge asset for officers.

"Whenever you get out of your vehicle, it will actually record everything that's going on. Everything that I see it sees, both audio and visual," he said.

Daniels said Walker hopes its donation inspires other businesses to pitch in and help their community.

"We want to throw down a challenge to the local businesses in the C-K area and have them donate what they can so that put that towards money for what they need for equipment," she said.

The department is hoping for two body cameras to keep everyone on a shift covered. The $30 fee will still be in effect and will be used for extra equipment and specialized officer training.



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