Registered Agency Profile: Idaho Department of Fish and Game

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Registered Agency Profile: Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Agency Donation Effort Contact: Assistant Chief Matthew O’Connell

Link: Department Website

Number of officers: 102

Body Camera Goal: 60

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Why has your Agency decided to start a body camera program?
Assistant Chief O’Connell: In this day and age we feel it’s becoming more and more critical to document contact with the public. about 95% of our officer’s contact with people is routine, but we want body cameras to be able to document the 5% of cases where there are complaints or problems.

How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Assistant Chief O’Connell: We think body cameras will help us do our job better and safer. The public will also benefit from knowing that our officers contact with them is being documented. It’s a win win for everyone.

Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Assistant Chief O’Connell: I can think of several situations where body cameras would be beneficial, for example in serving search warrants, body cameras will document the condition of the residence or vehicle being searched. Some of our officers are using body cameras and in those cases where minor complaints were made, we were able to review it and find in most cases that the officers acted courteously and professionally.

Does your department have guidelines for a body camera policy? If so, what would the policy be? When would officers be required to record, etc.?
Assistant Chief O’Connell: We’re very close to having one done and in place.