MANHATTAN, Kan.(KSNT)- According to a press release from The Riley County Police Department, beginning on November 5, 2014, department will take another step in the process of evaluating body-worn cameras for their patrol officers, as 11 officers spanning three patrol shifts will be seen with this extra tool attached to eye-wear, hats, helmets, or a halo style mount.
RCPD began researching body-worn cameras in 2013 as a way to update the department’s technology in an effort to better improve the quality of life and reduce crime in the Manhattan and Riley County areas.
The department has signed a 5-year contract with TASER International Inc. for the 11 cameras and a cloud-based video evidence storage service. This service, TASER says, exceeds the standard for security that was put forth by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and offers users an efficient way to organize, maintain, and tag clips to police records and criminal cases.
A project team made up of stakeholders in the program, to include patrol officers, IT staff, evidence personnel and administration with the support of area prosecutors, have spent countless hours putting together procedures, policy, and best practices. “This, we hope, will be one of the smoothest launches of a piece of new technology this department has ever seen” –Tim Hegarty, Administrative Captain for the Riley County Police Department.
Officers using this new technology will include members of the department’s bike patrol team, the Aggieville foot patrol officers, and representatives from each of the three patrol shifts. RCPD will be further evaluating the camera’s use as well as their ability to possibly replace an aging in-car camera system. “The car systems are getting tough for our support division to maintain, the parts are getting harder and harder to find. In the next year or so, we’ll have to be educated on our options” said Matthew Droge, Public Information Officer for the Riley County Police Department.