COPLEY: Township police will soon be wearing body cameras.

The board of trustees Tuesday approved a five-year agreement with Motorola Solutions to purchase 30 cameras. The first year cost is $45,790 and $18,812 in each of the next four years.

Police Chief Michael Mier had held off recommending the purchase until he was satisfied the technology is sound.

The department has 30 officers, 23 of whom are full-time. In addition to the cameras, the agreement includes maintenance, vault storage and accidental damage coverage. A law enforcement trust fund is expected to cover the cost of the first year. Money in the court-administered fund comes from drug busts.

The technology is a first for the department. Patrol officers are equipped with audio recording devices on their uniforms tied into radios. The body cameras will record audio and video.

“Some have shortfalls, that’s why we held off,” Mier said.

He said camera recordings in vault storage can be made available for evidence in court cases and on request to members of the public. Recordings also can be edited to protect identity of juveniles, undercover officers and people who may be in a state of undress when officers arrive on the scene.

Mier said the township isn’t paying full price for the cameras. They are being purchased through a state contract, resulting in a 15 percent discount.

In another first, the department will host “Coffee With a Cop” from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. July 18 at Chick-fil-A, 47 Flight Memorial Drive. Mier said the event’s focus is to expand the department’s community outreach.