The Green Bay Police Department will be receiving 190 body cameras, 45 in-car dash cameras and 150 TASER devices from Axon, a law enforcement technology company, after receiving financial help from the Green Bay Packers.
On Tuesday night, the Green Bay City Council approved a $2.7 million contract with Axon to purchase the equipment and a subscription to related software and training. The Packers chipped in $757,000 — which will cover the costs of the program’s first year.
“I am confident that Axon’s technology will help our department better serve Green Bay, not only by helping increase our efficiency and performance, but also increase our transparency with the Axon Body 3 cameras with live streaming capabilities,” said Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith. “We serve to build trust, safety, and a higher quality of life for everyone here in Green Bay and we’re thankful for the Packers’ contribution.”
Since the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha this August, professional sports teams in Wisconsin have been increasingly involved in criminal justice and police reform issues. Packers CEO Mark Murphy said the team’s donation is part of its commitment to the Green Bay community.
“As an organization, we are committed to using our platform and providing resources to help achieve racial equity and social justice,” Murphy said. “In conversations with our players, community partners and elected officials, we determined that supporting this purchase would complement our many other efforts to address injustices in our communities of color. The cameras will also help the police perform their duties more effectively and benefit the local community. We are proud to be working with Green Bay and Axon to bring this technology to our city in order to enhance public safety and affect meaningful change.”
There has been a push in Wisconsin law enforcement to equip law enforcement officers with body cameras after several high profile police shootings by departments that don’t use the cameras, including the Blake shooting in Kenosha and a series of shootings in Wauwatosa.
Officers are expected to get the body cameras by March.