(Caption: Brad Oropeza listens to DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery during a community outreach meeting on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at the DeKalb Police Headquarters in DeKalb.)
Outside of the small amount in the planned budget for cameras, Lowery said there’s been a few small seeding efforts from different members in the community. He did not comment on who exactly has contributed money, but does hope for more efforts around DeKalb.
“I would love to see a coalition between the city and students at NIU to help us do some fundraising to address that need,” he said. “The city is at a point and time where they need to commit some resources.”
The DeKalb Police Department also wants to add three more officers next year and two more in 2019.
“We need witnesses to criminal incidents, we need your help,” Lowery said. “We live or we die by what we do. When people engage in criminal activity and use a firearm with little to no discretion for human life, that’s where we are today … that’s what we’ve seen on our northwest side.”