Registered Agency Spotlight: Waverly Illinois Police Department
Registered Police Department Spotlight: Waverly Illinois Police Department
Department Donation Effort Contact: Chief John Burtle
Police Chief: Chief John Burtle
Link: Department Website
Number of Officers: 8
Body Camera Goal: 8
This department has received 1 body camera so far!
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Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Chief Burtle: We’ve been wanting to get body cameras for a while, but our budget is tight and we just don’t have the funds. We’re in a small town of about 1,400 people. If there are people willing to help us get them, we’ll take the help.
How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Chief Burtle: It will be helpful to have body cameras on us. We don’t get many complains, but if there are complaints or concerns, all they have to do is come into the station and we’ll pull up the video and review it right there with them. If someone acts up in front of our officers we’ll have that on video and be able to show our side of the story.
Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Chief Burtle: We did have an officer have false allegation made against him and a body camera would have made the whole thing easier to handle. We do have car cameras but if he had a body camera on it would have been easier to investigate and exonerate him of the false charge.
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 Burtle: We plan to update all of our departments polices soon and at the same time we will ad a body camera policy.