ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The lack of police cameras during the shooting death of Michael Brown has the Ellisville Police Department rushing to have body cameras on all of their officers.
The Ellisville City Council approved a budget to allow for cameras, which can be expensive. Ellisville Police Chief Tom Felgate said it will be money well spent.
“Officers at times are under a lot of stress out there, and hopefully this can help them maintain their composer,” said Felgate. He adds not only will it will keep the officers in line, the officers, themselves, want them.
“They know it’s for their protection and to achieve … an accurate account of what transpired,” said Felgate. He is working to get bids so that he can buy body cameras for every one of the city’s 24 officers.
Wentzville Lieutenant Emmanuel Borroum said his department got rid of dashboard cameras more than two years ago and opted for body cameras instead.
“They are one of the best things to come along in law enforcement in a long time,” said Borroum. He said the officers love them and do not want to leave the station without them. He added that not only do body cameras cost less than their dashboard alternative, they give better evidence because the vantage point is from the officer, unlike static dashboard cameras.
“It probably reduced investigating an officer complaint by 80 percent,” said Borroum.
Despite the cost, Ellisville Chief Felgate hopes to have the cameras soon.