ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Lieutenant Andy Vaughn of the Ellisville Police Department says the body cameras he and his officers have been wearing have been “working pretty well.”
“It’s a good supplement for the police officer’s writing, testimony, that sort of thing,” Vaughn said. Vaughn says all of the department’s officer have had the cameras for about a month and all officers support the idea.
Back in August, News 4 talked with Ellisville Police Chief Tom Felgate who said he was looking at buying cameras in January, but in light of the events in Ferguson, the city council told him to buy cameras as soon as possible.
“Officers are under a lot of stress out there and hopefully this can help them maintain their composure,” Felgate said. The department purchased twenty cameras which cost more than $8000, plus a yearly fee to store the data on the video in the cloud.
“If the truth is on your side, it’s a good thing. We’re all for that. We have nothing to hide,” Vaughn said. “We all feel we do our jobs professionally and to the best of our abilities so we are happy to have the [videos] recorded and viewed by the public.”
The St. Louis County Police Department is also in the process of purchasing cameras for all of its patrol officers.