Registered Agency Spotlight: Hillsville Virginia Police Department


10497502_604846526300566_3288822515185943727_oRegistered Police Department Spotlight: Hillsville Police Department, Virginia

Department Donation Effort Contact: Chief Wesley Yonce

Police Chief: Chief Wesley Yonce

Number of officers: 17 (13 full time, 4 part time)

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This Department has received their first body camera!

DONATIONS

Name State Amount
Denise K. Hillsville, VA $275.00
Total $275.00

Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Chief Yonce: We see the need for these body cameras especially with everything that’s going on in the news lately. We feel that we need to record everything. Our car cameras are old and out of date and it’s just easier for us to get body cameras then replace the car cameras.

How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Chief Yonce: Body cameras will help cut down on complaints and will help us record incidents to gather video evidence for use in court cases. This is very important because right now we have no cameras what so ever.

Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Chief Yonce: Body Cameras will make a difference in complaints where people claim our officers acted unprofessionally.

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 Yonce: We haven’t written a policy because we don’t have body cameras yet, but we we’ve looked into it and are ready to write one as soon as we get body cameras.