(KMOV.com) – The Wood River Police Department said it is moving forward with its proposal to outfit its officers with body cameras.
The Wood River Chief of Police Otis Steward ordered the cameras in October and has begun the training and policy writing that is necessary to use the cameras. Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons is helping Wood River write its body camera policy. The cameras are expected to debut in two to four weeks.
“When you’re crafting a policy, it’s good to not reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to because a lot of times those policies have been tested over time and they get changed and modified over time,” said Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons.
Some Illinois lawmakers are pushing to add an extra fee to fines to help pay for body cameras for all police officers. Steward said running a small department with only 14 officers allowed him to implement the body cameras faster than larger departments in the St. Louis area.