Registered Agency Spotlight: Village of Brocton Illinois Police Department

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Registered Police Department Spotlight: Village of Brocton Illinois Police Department 

Department Donation Effort Contact: Chief Ray Sollars

Police Chief: Chief Ray Sollars

Link: Department Website

Number of officers: 1

Body Camera Goal: 1 and 1 POV Accessory Camera

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This Department has received $325.00 in donations so far. 1 Body Camera Donated! $150.00 is needed to reach the department goal for a POV Accessory Camera! 

DONATIONS

Name State Amount
Tom D. Paris, IL $250.00
Dreama S. Paris, IL $25.00
John G. Paris, IL $25.00
Tom D. Paris, IL $25.00

Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Chief Sollars: We are a small, part-time agency, that dispatched by the Edgar County Sheriff’s Dept. We have had up to four part-time officers, but at present, due to budget restraints we only have one officer. Our in-car camera is broken and we do not have the money to replace it.

How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community? 
Chief Sollars: I’d be able to show what happened and what I encounter instead of having to rely on just my word.

Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Chief Sollars: We had a case once were someone filed a false complaint against one of our officers. We spent a lot of time investigating it and ultimately proved it false. If we had a body camera, it would have made the investigation much quicker and easier to prove exactly what happened and show that our officer didn’t do what he was accused of.

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 Sollars: I’ll need to formulate one and check with other departments that are using them to get ideas and see what they’re doing.