Laurel to spend $278K on police equipment


LAUREL, Miss. (AP) – A city in south Mississippi is spending money to upgrade its police equipment.

The Laurel City Council voted Tuesday to give the city’s police department about $278,000.

About $258,000 will go toward upgrading stun guns and body cameras during the next five years.

The other $20,000 will be to get every officer a new handgun.

Laurel Police Chief Tommy Cox says he doesn’t see how any police department can work without body cameras. He says the body cameras are better than the dashboard cameras that the department used in the past.

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