City council approves request for $22,000 drug-testing device, body cams

City council approves request for $22,000 drug-testing device, body cams
Tyler police body camera

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Tyler City Council approved the purchase of a new piece of equipment to help police in the fight against drugs.

Police Chief Jimmy Toler says the new mobile drug analyzer they asked for will help reduce the risk of injury to officers when testing drugs out in the field. The council also approved the purchasing of brand new bulletproof vests and 70 new body cameras. The chief says the body cameras are an efficient way to be as transparent as possible with the public, when it comes to a fair trial.

“They are quickly becoming the best tool that we have to let everyone see what we experience, to hear what we experience, to see what actions we took as we move forward and we are excited about those,” Police Chief Jimmy Toler says.

Toler says while out in the field, officers are exposed to many unknown risks, including the handling of drugs. The drug analyzer costs just over $22,000.

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