Registered Agency Spotlight: Creve Coeur Illinois Police Department
Registered Police Department Spotlight: Creve Coeur Illinois Police Department
Department Donation Effort Contact: Chief Dale King
Police Chief: Chief Dale King
Link: Department Website
Number of Officers: 9
Body Camera Goal: 9
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Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Chief King: We wanted to start a body camera program for officer liability and evidentiary purposes for court. We have a high volume of calls and recently had two officers involved in a shooting incident. The use of body cams would be a great asset for prosecutorial review and protection of officer integrity.
How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Chief King: The purpose of any police camera, be it dash camera or body camera, would be to verify an officers story. If we’re doing our job correctly, we have nothing to hide. It’s a reassurance to our officers that they’re protected against false allegations. For the community, it protects them from an officer doing something wrong. There will be a record for accountability.
Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Chief King: We had an incident about 8 months ago where two of our officers were involved in a shooting. We had dash camera footage, but it was at an angle that didn’t show the officer perspective. I come from an investigation background and having body cameras are just a good tool to have when investigating incidents. In this case the suspect was in a car and tried to run the officer over. The dash camera captured an angle of it, but you couldn’t tell from that angle that the car was directed at the officer. A body camera would have captured the officer’s point of view and shown what happened clearly.
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 King: We don’t have one in place yet, but we’re working on it.