Registered Agency Spotlight: Burlingame Kansas Police Department

police body camera patchRegistered Police Department Spotlight: Burlingame Kansas Police Department

Department Donation Effort Contact: Chief Matthew Baker

Police Chief: Chief Matthew Baker

Link: Department Website

Number of Officers: 4

Body Camera Goal: 4

This department has received $250. in donations so far. They need $850 more to reach their goal!

DONATIONS

Name State Amount
Jennifer B. Topeka, KS $250.00
Total: $250.00

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Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Chief Baker: It’s 2016 and body cameras seem to be the trend of most police departments today. It seems like if it’s not on video, people think the officers are lying. Body cameras are good for collecting evidence and holding officers accountable. We want to be a transparent department and for that we need body cameras. There’s no downside to having these body cameras.  We want to be able to show exactly what happened in complaint situations, so the best way to do that is have video evidence.

How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Chief Baker: If you want to build community trust, you need to be able to show you’re doing the right thing and holding officers accountable. Body Cameras will help us and the community by providing indisputable video evidence.

Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Chief Baker: Any time an officer has to use force for any reason, it’s important to document that and body cameras will help us do that. Having video evidence in those situations is paramount.

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 Baker: We have one in place.