All DeLand PD Officers Will Now Be Equipped With Axon Body Cameras

By on January 17, 2018 in WNDB News

DeLand, FL – The DeLand Police Department has announced that all of its police officers will now wear Axon body cameras during calls and all interactions with citizens.

“This new technology is important for a number of reasons. The footage captured can be used as evidence in criminal proceedings. It can be used by Police supervisors and Police trainers as a training tool to reinforce best practices for safe citizen encounters. The footage also provides my office of Professional Responsibility critical information to conduct impartial and transparent employee conduct investigations,” said Jason Umberger, DeLand Police Chief.

In the last few weeks, the department has acquired 59 Axon Body 2 cameras so that each uniformed officer, uniformed street supervisor, and motor officer has one. It is department policy for officers to record video and audio for every encounter with a citizen except during extenuating circumstances such as when the officer must protect themselves or a citizen.

“Finally, Body worn camera technology is a tool that provides our agency with a gauge to monitor our commitment to practice the tenants of Procedural Justice which includes treating people with dignity and respect, giving individuals a voice during encounters, being neutral and transparent in our decision-making and conveying trustworthy motives.”    

Prior to Umberger becoming chief, the department used Vievu Inc. body cameras. These cameras would often need maintenance and archiving data was difficult. Before the department committed to using the Axon body cameras, Chief Umberger and staff thoroughly reviewed the camera and its corresponding software.

“I am confident these body-worn cameras will meet the standard of excellence that we strive for here at the police department,” said Umberger.

Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2018.

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