Registered Agency Spotlight: Weldon North Carolina Police Department
Registered Police Department Spotlight: Weldon North Carolina Police Department
Police Chief: Chief Mark Macon
Number of Officers: 10
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Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Chief Macon: Our department has been using body cameras for the last five years. We currently use VieVu body cameras, but we’re looking to replace them within the next two years.
How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Chief Macon: We found that use of body cameras lowered complaints and helped increase police officer accountability to the public. Body cameras also help us with training our officers. If we get a complaint against an officer, we pull the body camera video of the incident and review it. It usually ends up exonerating the officer.
Our officers love body cameras because they’re a second set of eyes and ears to show what actually happened. Body cameras also improve the level of trust between the community and the officers. In several cases, body cameras have saved our department in liability cases.
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 Macon: There’s a list of events that require the officers to record. The officers must have them on during all high risk interactions with the public like traffic stops, house entrances, interviews, making arrests, and responding to domestic calls.