Registered Agency Spotlight: South Pekin Illinois Police Department

South_Pekin_body_camera_patchRegistered Police Department Spotlight: South Pekin Police Department

Department Donation Effort Contact: Chief Mark Morger

Police Chief: Chief Mark Morger

Number of Officers: 5

The Department has reached its goal of five body cameras. Thank you to everyone who donated. 

DONATIONS

Name State Amount
Village of South Pekin Illinois $325.00
Brain J.  Sunrise Roofing Illinois $250.00
Anonymous Illinois $1,000.00
Total:  $1,575.00

Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Chief Morger: We decided to start a body camera program for officer safety. We believe the fastest way to get body cameras would be to register for donations on BodyCameraDonations.com rather than wait around to get the funding to purchase the equipment.

How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Chief Morger: Any Body Camera will help with officer safety and court proceedings if they any questions about what happened. If you have it on video, you can prove what really happened in court cases or with complaints.

Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Chief Morger: Hypothetically body cameras could help in cases of DUI arrests or domestic cases where someone is resisting arrest and later complains that they were treated roughly. It’s usually a scapegoat to say they were treated roughly. A body camera would make a big difference in showing what happened in that situation.

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 Morger: Our department does not have a current body camera policy in place yet, but if we get the body cameras, our officers would be required to wear them every day as part of their uniforms.