May 06, 2015
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EAGLE POINT, OR- The Eagle Point Police Department recently purchased 5 WOLFCOM 3RD EYE Police Body Cameras and 2 WOLFCOM VISION Police Body Cameras. The purchase also included radio cables so the officers could utilize the microphone feature.
“We want to provide high quality police body cameras at an affordable price so all law enforcement departments can utilize them. Police body cameras need to be used because they benefit the police officers as well as the citizens in the community. The use of body cameras gives the community transparency and in return, the community will have more trust toward officers,” said WOLFCOM CEO Tiffany Wang.
Chief Vern Thompson said the police body cameras were purchased with money from a donation made to the department. “I saw police body cameras as having value for what we do. We researched four of the top police body cameras on the market and came up with WOLFCOM as the body camera that fit our departments needs best,” said Thompson.
“I liked the wide angle view and clear pictures that the camera produces. The video is very clear and the audio is good. It’s also easy to download into our system. We’ve also had great customer service, we had a few that needed to be repaired and they were serviced and returned right away,” said Thompson.
“The reason we got the cameras was more as a technology tool to help in court prosecutions, it helps capture everything that goes on out there…. Video can’t capture everything, but it helps… One major reason we got them was to increase prosecution of our domestic abuse cases… the body cameras capture the emotional state and statements of the victims on those calls. We use it in about everything we do… we also use it as a training tool if we have a critical incident, we can capture and review what happened to showcase what happened for training purposes,” said Thompson.
The department has 11 police officers and plans to purchase and issue each of their officers their own police body camera by the end of the year. “They really like them and there’s been no resistance to using them. We like that the VISION camera, when you turn it on it vibrates to let you know its working and recording. Also the night vision on the 3RD EYE works well, we like that feature,” said Thompson.
“The departments’ police body camera policy is mostly discretionary, but there are some situations where body camera use is mandatory such as in use of force, domestic violence, traffic stops or anytime an officer feels like they need to record the situation. So far there have been no complaints from the public regarding the officers using the cameras,” said Thompson.