Registered Agency Profile: Desloge Missouri Police Department
Registered Police Department Spotlight: Desloge Missouri Police Department
Department Donation Effort Contact: Officer Greg Northrup
Police Chief: Chief James Bullock
Link: Department Website
Number of Officers: 10
Body Camera Goal: 10
This department has received $5,852.00 in donations so far and received 10 body cameras! Thank you to all the donors that have made this possible!
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|Unico Bank||Desloge, MO||$400.00|
|Belgrade State Bank||Potosi, MO||$1,100.00|
|First Baptist Church of Desloge||Desloge, MO||$100.00|
|St. Francois Co. VFW Post 2426||Desloge, MO||$275.00|
In Memory of Trooper Jesse R. Jenkins
|Bonne Terre, MO||$1,000.00|
|Beatrice E.||Desloge, MO||$75.00|
|Desloge Chamber of Commerce||Desloge, MO||$250.00|
|First State Community Bank||Desloge, MO||$1,000.00|
|Caleb B.||Desloge, MO||$40.00|
|Annetta W.||Desloge, MO||$25.00|
|Desloge High School Alumni Association Reunion Fund||Desloge, MO||$222.00|
|Barbara O.||Desloge, MO||$25.00|
Happy 70th Birthday!
|Cantwell Baptist Church of Desloge||Desloge, MO||$1,000.00|
Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Officer Northrup: Body cameras will make the community feel safer because they know everything is being recorded. Body Cameras will keep everyone honest and back our own actions up against people who don’t want to be truthful about what happened. Also body cameras will be a beautiful training tool. A lot of newer guys out of the academy think they’re “John Wayne” and they’re going to clean up the town. In many situations body cameras would be a great training tool for our younger officers so we can show them real examples of how officers responded.
How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Officer Northrup: We are a small department with not a lot of money but are willing to get in compliance along with the rest of the departments. Our in car cameras are old and out of date. We’re looking to transition to body cameras. Anything that happens out side of the range of our cars is not captured on video and the audio range is poor, so it makes sense just to switch to body cameras. Also our officers sometimes get complaints, and body cameras would be helpful for our officers to show exactly what happened. We want a reliable body camera system to be able to record what happens outside the range of our patrol cars.
Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Officer Northrup: I had a situation where there was a robbery in progress at Walmart and I was first on the scene. The position of my patrol car at the time did not allow the car camera to record what happened. I pulled up and jumped out of my patrol car and confronted the suspects. There were tools everywhere and I had no video because the car cam was pointed in the wrong direction and I only had audio recording. If I had been wearing a body camera, I would have immediately had video to positively ID the suspects, got video of the tools and items in the car and also got video of the drug paraphernalia in their car too. A body camera in that situation would have been fantastic to capture all that video evidence.
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.?
Officer Northrup: We do not have a body camera policy in place yet, but our department will adopt a policy in line with any local or state laws. We will probably require the body cameras to be turned on and recording whenever responding to any call.