Registered Agency Profile: Oconomowoc Wisconsin Police Department

City-of-Oconomowoc-WI-Body Camera DonationsRegistered Agency Profile: City of Oconomowoc Wisconsin Police Department

Agency Donation Effort Contact: Captain Ron Buerger

Link: Department Website

Number of officers: 27

Body Camera Goal: 7

The Department reached is goal and received 10 body cameras. Thank you to everyone who donated. 

Oconomowoc PD

DONATIONS

Name State Amount
Christine M. Oconomowoc, WI $35.00
Sue F. Oconomowoc, WI $50.00
Anonymous $20.00
Sharon K. Oconomowoc, WI $100.00
Select Auto LLC Oconomowoc, WI $350.00
Carolyn and John A. Oconomowoc, WI $40.00
Oconomowoc BP Oconomowoc, WI $200.00
Children’s Lemonade Stand $350.00
Vietnam Veterans of America
Chapter 635
Oconomowoc, WI $500.00
First Bank Financial Centre [Nate Z.] Oconomowoc, WI $2000.00
 Total  $3,645.00

Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Captain Buerger: Our department has had squad car video cameras for a number of years and have found them helpful. In today’s society, we want to get body cameras to help with transparency and trust in the community. It is important that we record our officers interactions with citizens  to address any potential citizen complaints, ensure a high level of professionalism and aid as a training tool.

How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Captain Buerger: Mainly for transparency and accountability in the community. If there are ever any complaints made, body cameras give us an opportunity to go back and review the video to see what happened and if that complaint is valid. Also besides the liability protection, body cameras would also be very helpful with training, we can review and use the video for training purposes.

Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Captain Buerger: A few years ago we had a situation where someone made a complaint saying that he was being cooperative, but was assaulted by an officer. The incident happened out of frame of the squad camera, but the audio was captured and it did not substantiate anything that the person was saying. Because of the audio evidence, the complaint was dismissed in a hearing.. if that had been a body camera, the video would have been captured as well and the evidence would have been that much stronger.

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.?
Captain Buerger: Our department already has squad and integrated body cameras for officers in squad cars. The additional body cameras would be for the motorcycle officers, detectives and school resource officer. With all officers equipped with a body cameras, activation would be required with citizen contacts.