Registered Agency Spotlight: City of Calverton Park Missouri Police Department

cp pd 2Registered Police Department Spotlight: City of Calverton Park Missouri Police Department

Department Donation Effort Contact: Sgt. Scott Amos or Cpl. Byron Brooks

Police Chief: Chief Vince Delia

Link: Department Website

Number of officers: 12

Body Camera Goal: 4 or more

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Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Sgt. Amos: Our Department borders Ferguson Missouri. We get a lot of negative complaints and charges of racial profiling. We are using four body cameras right now and we find that when our officers are wearing them and the citizens know they’re being recorded, it alleviates a lot of the problems. Our officers find that the body cameras are extra protection against frivolous complaints. We are a pass through town of about 1,200 residents with very little business in the area.

How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Sgt. Amos: Bordering Ferguson Missouri we saw first hand what happened there. About 10 or 11 of our officers were there on verdict night to assist their department with all of the protests and unrest going on. Using body cameras, the community can see our officers are not profiling or treating citizens disrespectfully. As a supervisor, I can review the body camera video and see our officers demeanor, how they approached the person and what they said and did and what the person complaining said and did. The public can see it too, exactly what happened. With body cameras we can all see if a police officer is doing their job and the department and community can both see if the actions the officer took were legitimate.

Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Sgt. Amos: We had a situation recently where an officer pulled over a women on a traffic stop and she complained that the officer was yelling at her, when we looked at the body camera footage, it showed that the women was yelling and screaming at the officer. Body Cameras back up our officers on calls, we have proof of exactly what was said and done on a traffic stop or the actions an officer or suspect took during an incident.

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.?
Sgt. Amos: Our body camera policy states that on each traffic stop and every time an officer comes in contact with a citizen their body camera must be activated.