Manchester Police have outfitted their entire force with body cameras, thanks to donations from the community.
"To us, it's a huge deal," said Chief Jim Hauschild.
The department has had three body cameras for a while now. Hauschild said they protect both officers, and the citizens they interact with by providing a visual record of every encounter.
However, the cost of more cameras -- about $400 each -- was too steep.
Then Mike Downs, of Manchester, approached the department about raising they money. He said he got the idea after the riots and controversy in Ferguson, Mo.
"Most everyone I talked to, almost to the person, contributed money," Downs said. "I didn't think it'd be as good as it was."
By going to local businesses, Downs raised about $3000 for the department, which was used to buy seven more cameras, and the necessary memory for recordings.
"We try to support the police department in any way we can, as long as we can afford to," said Paul Roussell, who donated for his dealership, Bob Stephen Motors.
"We do our job the same way we would if we weren't wearing a camera," Hauschild said. "All it is is another tool for us to use to gather evidence if need be."
Raising the money only took Downs a few hours. Hauschild said that speaks volumes for the Manchester community.
"That tells me that the community supports what we do," he said.
"It's a plus," Downs said. "Everybody wants to see safety, and see progress. It's the way it's going."
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