Registered Agency Profile: Young Harris College PD Georgia

Young Harris College PD body camera donationsRegistered Agency Spotlight: Young Harris College Police Department, Georgia 

Agency Donation Effort Contact: Assistant Chief Robbie Rich

Link: Department Website

Number of officers: 5

Body Camera Goal: 5

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Why has your Agency decided to start a body camera program?
Assistant Chief Rich: Being a small department with a small budget makes it difficult to purchase needed items such as body cameras. Body cameras would be a great asset to our police department. Body cameras would help us back up our officers. As a small agency, we’re often responding to situations by ourselves. Body Cameras would help us prove what actually happened.

How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Assistant Chief Rich: Body cameras would help our officers when responding to calls to record exactly what happened. It will instill more trust in our department in light of what’s happening today with law enforcement incidents in the news being questioned. It would give us something to be able to show especially because we’re on a college campus dealing with students, body cameras would better equip our chief to be able to answer any parent questions based on reviewing the body camera video footage.

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 Rich: I can’t think of a specific example at this time. I’ve been on calls with other agencies and know a body camera would have helped tell a better, more complete story of what happened then what was told.

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 Rich: We would put a body camera policy in place. We’re currently studying body camera policies and deciding what a body camera policy would consist of at this time.