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Troy PBA: City needs to fix broken equipment before adding more cameras

March 11, 2018 10:56 AM

The Troy PBA says it's time the city starts worrying first about fixing the broken equipment they already have before installing additional cameras.

Troy PBA President Nicholas Laviano says council members should first find out what officers have to go through on a daily basis.

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"They almost want to police the police—I think is where the sentiment is going," he said.

The Troy PBA responded to recommendations city council members made after meeting with the state Attorney General's Office yesterday to discuss policy and new equipment for the police force. 

Earlier this year the Attorney General's Office issued a report on the police shooting death of Edson Thevenin that took place in the spring of 2016.

For several years, council members have been calling to take action. Many members want the cops equipped with body cameras. 

"I called for them two years ago," said Troy City Council President Carmella Montello.

Despite members insisting, both body and dash cameras are still not installed in the Troy police department. Many in the city are not surprised.

“We are a city that is financially strapped, so I'm not surprised that we don't have all the pieces at this point,” Troy City Council member David Bissember said.

"Right now, we only have city cameras throughout the city; about fifty percent of them do not work," Laviano said.

He wants to know why no one is talking about the fact that dash cameras were installed and then removed.

"In 2013-2014, we had a dash cam that we pulled due to budget issues" Laviano said.

The union wants the finger pointing to stop.

The PBA says equipment and safety issues also involvea the mayor, not just the council members. NewsChannel 13 reached out to the mayor's office and while they would not go on camera they did issue a statement:

"The mayor and the administration have been consistent in their support for the deployment of a body camera program in the city of Troy."

Laviano said, "We need to put our differences aside and come to a common ground and sit down.”

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