Registered Agency Spotlight: Hot Springs County Wyoming Sheriff’s Office

hot springs so bodycameradonations patchRegistered Police Department Spotlight: Hot Springs County Wyoming Sheriff’s Office

Department Donation Effort Contact: Sgt. Jerimie Kraushaar

Sheriff: Sheriff Lou Falgoust

Link: Department Website

Number of Officers: 11 (5 on patrol, 6 in detention facility)

Body Camera Goal: 4 or more

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The Hot Springs County Sheriff’s Office has received 3 body cameras. Thank you to everyone for your donations. 

DONATIONS

Name State Amount
Merle M. Thermopolis, WY $20.00
Anonymous Thermopolis, WY $955.00
Total: $975.00

Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Sgt. Kraushaar: We had an issue a while back where one of our deputies was assaulted by a guy who claimed that our deputy approached and assaulted him. It went to court and we lost because the jury said that he should have never been approached by the deputy to begin with. From that point on our Sheriff said at all times deputies must wear and use body cameras. We have been using the WOLFCOM 3RD EYE body camera, but now it’s time to upgrade to newer technology, so we’ve registered on BodyCameraDonations.com to hopefully get four or more newer WOLFCOM VISION body cameras and we can still use the older body cameras for our detention deputies.

How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Sgt. Kraushaar: Body Cameras help our deputies with holding our deputies accountable and help with accuracy in our reporting, they also help in court cases when we can present video evidence in court. They help our community by showing that our deputies are doing their job properly and if there are any complaints we can review the video of the incident and confirm or deny the complaint.

Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Sgt. Kraushaar: We only have a few body cameras so not all of our patrol officers have them, for example, our Lt. doesn’t have one and there are situations where it would have been helpful if he did.

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. Kraushaar: Our body camera policy requires our deputies to turn on the camera when interacting with citizens, but also if there is a situation where an officer believes a situation is escalating and needs to be recorded.