“Law enforcements agencies purchase police body cameras for many reasons. The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office is finding many benefits to using police body cameras including the commonly reported effect of people’s behavior improving when they see the body camera and know they’re being recorded. We know the VISION will serve the Sheriff’s Office well with its body camera program goals,” said WOLFCOM Founder Peter Austin Onruang.
Chief Deputy Todd Jochum helped set up the Sheriff’s Office’s body camera program. “We went shopping for them online after we had one officer who bought one [WOLFCOM VISION] to try it out and we really liked them….Everyone’s still trying to get used to them. They’re small, nice and simple to use, not as many buttons as previous body cameras we tried,” said Jochum.
“We got them to protect ourselves and collect video evidence…. People see the body cameras on our officers and they act different… they know they’re being recorded and start to behave… it’s like suddenly they’re in church,” said Jochum.
The department has about 10 officers total. “Right now use of the cameras is discretionary to the officers as to when they want to record, but we know we’re going to have to work on developing a policy,” said Jochum.
“I haven’t heard any good or bad feedback yet, but they seem to be working… They’re good for everything; it’s the whole ball of wax. They help us gather evidence, people start behaving, it’s got all the benefits… as long as you’re doing your job right, they’re not going to hurt you,” said Jochum.