The Cody Police Department employees will utilize a $50,000 federal grant to implement an integrated body-worn camera system that enhances police-community interactions, builds continual trust, and demonstrates the Department’s commitment to transparency.
The body cameras will document community-minded policing that officers engage in daily. The integrated camera system will increase the effectiveness of judicial processes through accurate, high-quality audio and video documentation.
Community involvement will be crucial in developing a body camera policy that builds on the existing positive relationship between law enforcement officers and community members. Citizen engagement tools will include community surveys, public forums, and social media.
- Enhance the welfare and safety of Cody Police officers and Cody citizens.
- Improve the effectiveness of judicial processes through audio and video documentation of interactions between officers, citizens, offenders, and witnesses.
- Reduce the frequency of officer complaints and potential liability claims.
- Improve the public perception of the Cody Police Department's operational transparency.
- Establish a long-term body-worn camera program that remains financially sustainable, technologically current, and operationally effective.