LOWER SALFORD — In September, the Lower Salford Township Police Department put in an application for a grant to purchase body cameras.
Now the recommendations are in for who will receive the federal money being distributed through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
"I received information on Monday that we are not on the list to move forward with that grant," Police Chief Thomas Medwid said at the Nov. 18 Lower Salford Township Board of Supervisors morning work session.
"There was originally $360,000 available statewide for this particular round. They received requests from 63 agencies for a total of 1.8 million, so the process became very competitive," he said.
The department was asking for the grant to buy 10 body cameras, five of which would be worn by officers on duty while the other five were being recharged, Medwid said in September.
The total cost would be about $25,000, with half covered by the grant.
The department currently has in-car cameras; the body cameras could be tied into the same system, Medwid said in September.
Although the requested grant won't be received, the body camera purchase will remain in the township's proposed 2021 budget, with a decision to be made later on whether to go ahead with it, Medwid and Township Manager Joe Czajkowski said.
Other grants may become available or the township could decide to buy the cameras without a grant, they said.
The price quote for the cameras is good until July, Medwid said.
"Apparently, we have time to test the water so to speak and find out whether there's other funding sources on the horizon," board Chairman Doug Gifford said. "To me, if push comes to shove, we do it."