10/9/2020 2:24:00 PM Wyoming Police seek body worn camera policy adoption, devices could be on-the-street by December
Wyoming Police hold a public hearing with the city council November 4 to review a policy implementing body worn cameras. The Wyoming Police department has the policy posted on the website and on social media (Twitter) and there is a survey if citizens also want to participate in that. On Wyoming City website go to the Public Safety lettering on the home page.
The deadline to respond to the survey or to comment on the body worn program is October 27. The public also may provide input at the hearing Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. Wyoming Council has been holding meetings on-line.
Police Chief Paul Hoppe said there are 10 uniformed personnel who will be outfitted with the devices as part of a capital plan, being made possible through a donation from the Hallberg Family Foundation. If council adopts the policy the department could be ready to implement the devices by December.
The chief said the foundation has been interested in supporting portable recording equipment for about four years; but the costs for the cameras and auxiliary equipment only recently dipped to where Wyoming can afford to activate the devices. The portable video and recording devices are about half now what they were annually to provide just four years ago, he continued. The foundation donation is $21,000.
“The foundation made it known the (program) was very important,” Chief Hoppe commented. “We have been fortunate to have partnerships with business in Wyoming that support (public safety) and do appreciate this.”