Registered Agency Profile: Plain Dealing Louisiana Police Department
Registered Agency Spotlight: Plain Dealing Louisiana Police Department
Agency Donation Effort Contact: Assistant Chief Rodney Hile
Link: Department Website
Number of Officers: 6
Body Camera Goal: 6
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Why has your Agency decided to start a body camera program?
Assistant Chief Hile: We don’t have any camera systems at all right now. The last car camera we got was a donation of an old VHS system and now its fried and we can’t get it fixed. We are a very small department, only 6 officers and we don’t have the funds for body cameras.
How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Assistant Chief Hile: Body cameras would help a lot. The body camera is on the officers so whatever the officer sees is being recorded. I think body cameras are better than in car camera systems because they’re always with the officer.
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 Hile: Body cameras would help with several cases, especially domestic calls. We’ve have several domestic calls where people will file false complaints saying the at the officer said or did something in appropriate, usually because the person is angry over being arrested. Body cameras would also be helpful on traffic stops because they will record everything the officer sees.
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 Hile: Our body camera policy would be that officers need to use them to record all traffic stops and calls.