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Kendallville Police now wearing body cameras

The department implemented the new policy this week as an effort to be transparent.

Posted: Oct. 4, 2018 9:20 PM
Updated: Oct. 5, 2018 12:52 AM

KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WFFT) - All 19 Kendallville police officers are now wearing body cameras.

The department implemented the new policy this week as an effort to be transparent.

"In this day and age, you never know," said Kendallville resident Robert Williams.

The Kendallville Police Department spent about $15,000 intially for the cameras, and there will be a service fee for the storage.

Williams said he thinks it is money well spent.

"I just think it's good protection all the way around. It covers the cops and it covers (the people.) Video doesn't lie," he said.

Police chief Rob Wiley said the cameras are supposed to be on at all times during an officer's shift and recording during any police activity such as a traffic stop or an investigation.

"That is something that can enhance our case report and make our cases better by having documentation," said Wiley.

Wiley said he doesn't remember an incident where the body cameras would've been needed, it is just a new tool for the future.

"The general day to day actions that police officers are involved in, I just think video documentation is a good source for us to do better," he said.

Officers are required to upload the video to a third party server every day during their shift.

They can only name the file and watch it.

The server will automatically delete the video after a set amount of days, depending on the case outlined by state law.

"Once it's recorded there's no access for officers to change that video in any way," Wiley said.

The Kendallville Police Department is hosting a town hall on October 16 to answer any questions about the cameras and the policies.

It starts at 6 p.m. at city hall.

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