Registered Agency Spotlight: Los Lunas New Mexico Police Department
Registered Police Department Spotlight: Los Lunas New Mexico Police Department
Department Donation Effort Contact: Lt. Jose Hernandez
Police Chief: Chief Naithan Gurule
Link: Department Website
Number of Officers: 36
Body Camera Goal: 20
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Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Lt. Hernandez: We have been using body cameras for a while, but they’re the old Muvi brand of body cameras, so we’re looking to upgrade our technology to the newer WOLFCOM VISION body cameras. We did a trial and we love them and all the options they offer. They work very well and we like all the features they have from the light to the accessories you can use with them like the extended battery packs.
How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Lt. Hernandez: Body Cameras make our officers more accountable for their actions and allow the community the opportunity to apply to review the footage if there are any questions about what happened. The Body Camera footage is important for evidence in court cases and for reviewing officer actions and investigation of citizen complaints.
Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Lt. Hernandez: We had a situation recently where a home owner made a complaint against an officer saying that he was rude and aggressive when responding to a call. When we reviewed the video, it turned out that the officer was very professional and courteous and gave the home owner (complainant) the proper information. The officer was exonerated based on his interview and the body camera 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.?
Lt. Hernandez: Our body camera policy says the body cameras must be activated during any interaction with any member of the public.