ITHACA, N.Y. — The first version of a policy regarding police body cameras in Ithaca and the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office will be revealed next Wednesday.


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It will be discussed at the Ithaca Community Police Board meeting at 3:30 p.m. on May 27 in the Common Council Chambers of City Hall at 108 Green St.

The sheriff’s policy will closely align with the Ithaca Police Department policy, Tompkins County Undersheriff Brian Robison said.

“The crux of it is pretty much the same,” he said, though some changes may be made to better fit the sheriff department’s needs.

He said officials are still looking into grants for cameras and current cost estimates are lower than expected.

Sheriff Ken Lansing said in February that the estimated cost of purchasing cameras is around $35,000.

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Chief John Barber said in a separate interview Monday that the two law enforcement organizations are working together closely to fine tune some details.

“We’ve discussed doing a large purchase for better pricing,” he said.

Barber said the meeting will be the first of many where the policy will be discussed and altered.

Robison said officials are trying to ensure that police body cameras are being used by the end of the year.

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