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UNA police getting more body cameras, equipment

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FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

The University of North Alabama is improving security on campus. Thanks to grants, the police department will soon be getting body cams, ballistic vests and more stun guns.

UNA Police Chief Kevin Gillilan said it’s just time for an update and the funding is there to make it happen.

"We just want to be very very alert and conduct the research we need to keep our community as safe as it can be," Gillilan said.

Within the next month, all officers will be equipped with body cameras. The department got to test out six different kinds and chose one that can be clipped into their patrol cars as well.

UNA police also hope to beef up 150 doorway locks for campus-wide lockdowns. A pin will drop down into the floor so an intruder can't come in, but it will alert first responders and allow them to come inside and know there are people in the room.

"I've seen various ways people have tried to defeat this technology. These are very very good units, and I feel like it’s going to enhance our ability to lock down internal doors very effectively," Gillilan said.

All of the equipment will cost about $40,000. The Office of Justice Programs is paying for all of the body cameras. ADECA is granting the funds for ballistic vests, stun guns and the internal lockdown devices.

In the next few days, the university crime statistics for the past three years will be available here.

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