Guy Green has been the chief of the Bowie Police Department since June of 2014, but in the department for a total of 20 years.
He said the community has always been supportive, but over the past few weeks this is the most support he has ever seen.
“Well, I’m just overwhelmed. You know with everything in the community and this county in the last two weeks has shown us. I mean they have memorials, they’ve had invited us to different things in Nocona, Sunset and then at Montague. And then Mr. Gilbow coming in. People bringing us food. And just stopping us and telling us how much they appreciate it. It’s just amazing,” Green said.
Green is also referring to a donation of around $9,000 last week from Jim Gilbow.
“I’m president of the chamber of commerce and we also just feel like that we need to back the police department and also the fire department,” Gilbow said.
Gilbow donated the money for the department to buy body cameras.
“This day in time you better have all…. everything you can on your police officers in case you have lawsuits or shooting or anything like that — they need to be covered,” Gilbow said.
The chief says they ordered six body cameras, six view links – which links the body camera to the patrol car camera – as well as a docking station that downloads the footage and charges the cameras.
“The officers. Especially the ones that are on night. They deal with sometimes bad things and the negativity of the world and you lose a little bit of the touch that majority of the people are really good and it helps reinforce that and it helps kind of gives your a renewal in your life to want to do the right thing — to try to help the good people that are out there,” Green said.
Now, the department will put into place policies on how the cameras will be used. They were ordered on July 19.