Registered Agency Spotlight: Valley Nebraska Police Department


VPD NE, Body Camera Donations PatchRegistered Agency: Valley Nebraska Police Department 

Agency Donation Effort Contact: Chief Brett Smith

Link: Department Website

Number of Officers: 16 (4 full-time)

Body Camera Goal: 5

UPDATE: This department has received 5 body cameras! Thank you to all the donors that have made this possible!

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DONATIONS

Name State Amount
John H. Weston, NE $75.00
American Legion Post 58 Valley, NE $825.00
Rod M. Valley, NE $200.00
Anonymous $275.00
 Total: $1,375.00

Why has your Agency decided to start a body camera program?Chief Smith: Body cameras seem to be the norm now a days. The Nebraska State Legislature just sent out an example of a model body camera program and we don’t want to be behind the 8 ball. We’re a small department so we don’t have a large budget for this technology. We have 16 officers, 4 of them are full time and 12 part time officers, so we’re looking to get at least 5 body cameras… 1 for each of the full timers and one we can circulate for the part time officers.

How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community? 
Chief Smith: Body Cameras take the guess work out of a he said/she said situation and takes the guess work out of figuring out who did what and who was the aggressor in a confrontation situation. We have a good relationship with our community, but having body cameras will show that we are increasing our safety for the public as well as our officers.

Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Chief Smith: We recently had a warrant search case where we found methamphetamine inside of a plastic security vault hidden in a cloths dryer. That’s unusual and it would have been great to have video documentation of that find…actually it would be good to have video documentation of all warrant searches to document discovery’s like that.

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 Smith: We are researching and working on creating a body camera policy and will have one in place by the time we get the body cameras.