Registered Department Profile: Achille Oklahoma Police Department
Registered Agency Profile: Achille Oklahoma Police Department
Police Chief: Chief Jonathan Kelley
Number of Officers: 5
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UPDATE– This Department has received its first WOLFCOM Body Camera!
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Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Chief Porter: “Our officers often deal with a lot of people on daily bases, so we just want to stop any doubt that might arise and bring down complaints by having video of our officers’ interacting with the public… With the public’s idea of a police officer the way it is, we thought it would be good to have body cameras to prove the Achille Police Department is doing their job right, and keep the officers honest and give the level of professionalism that the public deserves.”
How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department as a whole and the community?
Chief Porter: “I believe that it will lead to less complaints and help with evidence gathering and help me as the Chief train my officers to be the best they can be and keep the community of Achille safe.
Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Chief Porter: “We had an officer once who had a complaint filed against him that he was being rude and using bad language on a traffic stop. The complaint said the officer didn’t know how to handle the situation and lacked experience. If we had a body camera, that would have been a good teaching tool to be able to review the video and see exactly what was said…. and we could have played back the video for the person making the complaint to see if he still thought what the officer said was rude.”
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 Porter: “The use of a recording device can provide powerful evidence of criminal activity. The audio and visual record of a suspect’s actions and statements can be the most powerful evidence of criminal activity. Recording devices have also been proven to be a valuable tool for law enforcement practitioners by documenting their honesty, integrity, and professionalism. The use of a recording device will quickly resolve many unfounded complaints against officers. This device will also deter many unfounded and frivolous lawsuits against the Achille Police Department and the Town of Achille. By virtue of their authority, law enforcement personnel are held to a higher degree of accountability by the community and must continuously strive to ensure that this contract is not violated. Therefore, by keeping this trust and maximizing the effectiveness of this valuable tool, the following procedures for recording equipment use are set forth.