Police Body Cameras Are A Big Deal In Cass County
At a public meeting to address police and body cameras you would expect to hear from residents but no one showed up. Policy four fifty addresses the use of personal body cameras on police officers while on duty.
“I believe now the sheriff will be implementing the policy,” said Neal Gaalswyka, Cass County Comissoner District I. “He didn’t indicate that there would be any changes we don’t have any changes to recommend to him.”
The cameras can be used as evidence in court and also offer protection to the officer.
Sheriff Burch says there hasn’t been any negative feedback from the community because the cameras don’t affect them. They’re really used as a tool for the police.
“It all starts with community involvement, community trust,” said Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch. “That’s one of the reasons we sought input from the community on the policy.”
Brenda smith has lived in Cass County all of her life and although she says she doesn’t have the best relationship with the police believes the cameras are a good thing.
Sheriff Burch says the main issue with the cameras is the equipment failure which can and has occurred. But residents like Wesley Brooks appreciate the job these officers have.
“People who are willing to put themselves in harm’s way so that I can live a safe and secure life without being afraid for my security,” said Brooks.
Officers are encouraged to be a part of the community.
“For us to be successful we certainly need our community support and we need the help,” said Burch. “The eyes and ears of the people that live in our community to help us do our job.“
Sheriff Burch also says the department is transparent and is willing to let the public see what’s happening as long as it doesn’t jeopardize an investigation.