Registered Agency Spotlight: Metamora Illinois Police Department
Police Chief: Chief Michael Todd
Number of officers: 10
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Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Chief Todd: “We’re trying to get in line with State policy because we know it’s an inevitability that we have to get body cameras. So we’re reaching out and applying for grants and seeing what kind of help we can get in purchasing them because we know what’s coming.”
How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department as a whole and the community?
Chief Todd: “It would be a benefit to law enforcement for legal issues and as far as the community, it takes all of the questions out of an incident… the video is proof.”
Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Chief Todd: “I can’t think of a specific situation, but our officers do a lot of traffic stops and we have in car cameras, but the audio is not great. It’s difficult to record everything that is said when your that far away from your car. We believe the body cameras will pick up a whole lot more of that audio of that people in their cars are saying.”
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 Todd: “Yes, our village attorney is drafting a policy and procedures for use of body cameras. We will have a police in place by the end of the month.”