Registered Agency Profile: Indianola Mississippi Police Department

indianola police department body camera donationsRegistered Agency Profile: Indianola Mississippi Police Department

Agency Donation Effort Contact: Chief Edrick Hall

Link: Department Facebook

Number of officers: 27

Body Camera Goal: 27

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Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Chief Hall: I was recently appointed as Chief and I feel that body cameras would help us build a better relationship with the public citizens. Body cameras will keep our officers fair to the citizens and if there is a case where an officer is unfair, it will expose that.

How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Chief Hall: Body cameras will help our department and our officers a lot. We live in a world where jury’s want to see more proof then what someone says. Body cameras will provide backup for our officers in court. The body cameras will also make our citizens more confident that our officers are doing the job their trained to do.

Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Chief Hall: I’m new as a Chief, but I have 17 years of law enforcement experience. I can remember a case about 10 years ago when I was working in the Narcotics Division. We were chasing a suspect and we knew he had drugs on him, but he threw them away during the chase. Because we didn’t have any evidence that he did this, there was a hung jury in the case. If we had body cameras, we would have had video evidence of him tossing the drugs and that would have lead to a conviction in court.

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.?
Chief Hall: Right now we have an audio policy in place and our officers are using tape recorders. We would just adjust the wording and policies to body cameras. The policy is that the body cameras would have to be on and recording during any contact with citizens.