Registered Agency Spotlight: Waller County Texas Pct. 2 Constable

waller texas body camera donations patchRegistered Agency Spotlight:  Waller County Texas Pct. 2 Constable

Agency Donation Effort Contact: Deputy Jack King

Constable: Constable Glenn White 

Link: Department Website

Number of officers: 18

Body Camera Goal: 3-4

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Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Deputy King: We had gotten a few older body cameras, but they don’t work anymore so we’re looking to replace them. We don’t have the budget for new body cameras so that’s why we signed up on BodyCameraDonations.com.  The main reason we want the body cameras is for officer safety. We’re a rural town and there are many remote roads, so at any given point you can have one deputy patrolling a large area by themselves so it’s important to be able to record our interactions with the people we encounter for the protection of our deputies.

How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community? 
Deputy King: We believe that having a video record of our interactions will be good for all involved. In some cases, body cameras will be an extra incentive for our deputies to keep their words and actions in check at the same time recording what the public is doing.

Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Deputy King: A recent arrest incident that has been highly publicized brings to light the need for a complete and accurate recording of an officers interactions with the public, and with 18 deputies on the road, it is only a matter of time before a case comes up where that recording will be critical in determining the facts in the case of a complaint or question about an officers actions.

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.?
Deputy King: Our policy manual is in the process of being updated and rewritten at this time, and will include instructions on signing out the cameras as well as it being a requirement to record and document all traffic stops, calls for assistance, or any other contact with the public during the shift. The data will then be downloaded and stored for a time, yet to be determined, for review by supervisory personnel should any questions or complaints be raised by anyone about a contact with our Deputies.