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Pleasant Prairie police will roll out new body cameras thanks to support of community

The Pleasant Prairie Police Department is getting ready to roll out new body cameras, and it's the community who helped pay for them.

The Pleasant Prairie Police Officer Appreciation Association raised $32,000 over the course of three months to equip every officer with a body camera.

The department already made plans to purchase a few body cameras last year but did not have enough in the budget to give one to every officer. 

That's where the Police Officer Appreciation Association comes in. They raised the money by selling yard signs and fundraising.

The signs are technically free, but hundreds of people made donations.

"I think it gives evidence that it's not just a bunch of signs. The fact that we got so many $25 and $20 donations as well as larger ones, that says something for the attitude of the people of Pleasant Prairie, probably for the people of Wisconsin and the people of America," said Howard Cooley, the Vice President of the Pleasant Prairie Police Officers Appreciation Association. 

The police department still needs approval from the village before they can start using the new equipment. 

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