Registered Agency Spotlight: McColl South Carolina Police Department
Registered Police Department Spotlight: McColl Police Department
Police Chief: Chief Tommy Langley
Department Donation Effort Contact: Sr. Officer Robert Tryon
Number of Officers: 7
Body Camera Goal: 4
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Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Officer Tryon: The department is already using a few WOLFCOM body cameras, but we need four more. We started a body camera program mainly because it’s now state law in South Carolina that all departments must use body cameras. I’ve been doing this for 12 years and it’s a different time, these body cameras tell the story. You’ve got to have them in today’s society. We’re a small department, so we don’t have the budget like the larger departments, but we have to have them in today’s world, just turn on your TV.
How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Officer Tryon: People feel more comfortable when they see the camera and our officers feel more comfortable knowing they have the body camera on to record the interaction. With complaints it used to be the officers word vs. the citizens’, but now the body cameras provide proof of what happened. The body camera deters confrontation…when the officers arrive wearing the body cameras, perpetrators calm down when they see they’re being recorded..Body cameras have changed this profession more than people realize.
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 Tryon: We’re finalizing our body camera policy now, but basically they need to be on during all dispatch calls, traffic stops and any contact with the public.