Registered Agency Spotlight: Waynesburg Ohio Police Department


PatchWPD body camera donationsRegistered Police Department Spotlight: Waynesburg Ohio Police Department

Department Donation Effort Contact: Chief William Bath

Police Chief: Chief William Bath

Link: Department Website

Number of officers: 12

Body Camera Goal: 12

This department has received 12 body cameras! Thank you to all the donors that have made this possible!

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DONATIONS

Name State Amount
Lawrence B. Waynesburg PD, OH $1,650.00
Joshua Waynesburg PD, OH $100.00
QCS Cleaning Solutions Inc Waynesburg PD, OH $300.00
Masons, Tucarawas Lodge #59 Waynesburg PD, OH $250.00
Anonymous Waynesburg PD, OH $25.00
Mr. & Mrs. Greg H. Waynesburg PD, OH $40.00
Cibo’s Restaurant Waynesburg PD, OH $200.00
William M. Waynesburg PD, OH $300.00
Tommy and Mandy S. Waynesburg PD, OH $750.00
Jeff D. Waynesburg PD, OH $25.00
 William B./Sandy V./Kyle D.  Waynesburg PD, OH  $425.00
Total $4,065.00

Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Chief Bath: With the way things are going in the country we feel we need a way to back up our officers and reduce complaints. We’re not able to fund a body camera system ourselves, so registering on BodyCameraDonations.com is a way for us to be able to get body cameras. There are not many businesses in our area; we’re a small village of 940 people.

How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community? 
Chief Bath: Body Cameras are great video evidence gathering tools and they have been proven to decrease 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 Bath: When officers leave their vehicles and get out of range of the cruiser cameras and it doesn’t capture what happens. A lot of time all you get is audio of an incident and that opens the door to speculation. When you have video evidence that travels with you and captures the officer’s point of view, it decreases the speculation and “Monday morning quarterbacking”. Also body cameras decrease the amount of interpretation in circumstances. You have video to back up exactly what happened.

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 Bath: We’re still working with the basic State policy, but we would tailor it more to our department. The Ohio Police Officer Training Academy put out a basic policy for police departments to adopt and tweak as they need it for their departments.