Delta Police Purchasing New Body Cameras
KREX News Room
DELTA, Colo. - The Delta Police Department is getting a technology boost thanks to new funding from City Council.
The Delta Police Department is one of few agencies on the Western Slope that utilize wearable body cameras for their officers.
"When they contact individuals, according to our policies, the cameras have to be on, the camera has to be rolling," said Robert Thomas, Chief of Police with the Delta Police Department.
He says it's a useful way to gather evidence and record interactions during different kinds of incidences, including domestic violence calls and DUI's.
More than that, the cameras also can make sure that there are always eyes on the officers themselves.
"It's important for the police department to hold itself accountable and we hold ourselves accountable by having this camera and using this camera in criminal cases, but also to protect the officer from false allegations of misconduct," said Thomas.
Delta City Council recently approved $8,000 for the police department to buy new body cameras to replace the old ones.
"We were at a disadvantage because an officer would get out of his patrol car and he would have to adjust the camera, he would have to find the appropriate switches," said Thomas.
The new cameras will be easier to operate, take better footage at night, can be mounted to the dashboard and has one other important new feature.
"When an officer turns on the camera it provides a date and time, when he turns off the camera it provides a date and time. That's critical in a criminal proceeding, that's critical for our property and evidence technician and for the District Attorney's office," said Thomas.
The police department will be purchasing the new body cameras in the next two weeks.