Registered Agency Spotlight: Brooklyn Illinois Police Department
Registered Police Department Spotlight: Brooklyn Illinois Police Department
Department Donation Effort Contact: Chief Calvin Hammond
Police Chief: Chief Calvin Hammond
Number of Officers: 18
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Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Chief Hammond: We don’t have the money to purchase body cameras in our budget and BodyCameraDonations.com looks like a way for us to be able to get body cameras. Also the events in Ferguson had a lot to do with us wanting to get body cameras.
How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Chief Hammond: We believe that using body cameras will neutralize a lot of the lies people drum up against our officers. A lot of times people say they were mistreated or talked to rudely. If you have a body camera, it helps to clarify who did what, one way or the other. It helps you get to the truth faster.
Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Chief Hammond: Just recently a lady came in and filed a complaint about an officer that pulled her over for a traffic stop. Our officer said he pulled her over for running a stop sign. She said he was following her and treated her rudely. A body camera would have made a big difference in showing exactly what happened in this situation.
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 Hammond: We have not put one in place because we haven’t been able to afford them yet. Once we can afford them we will put a policy in place.