A police department in Illinois is discontinuing the use of body cameras, due to the increased workload.
After a six-month testing period, Minooka PD has decided it will no longer use the cameras, which could record up to nine hours of continuous footage with 16 GB of storage.
Police Chief Justin Meyer says the cameras just became too much of a burden for the dept staff, which had to fill the many requests for video footage.
Officers were required to turn the cameras on for any situation– whether they were directing traffic or on the scene of more serious crimes.
“You could have four officers on a call for a domestic incident…If they are on scene for an hour – whether there’s an arrest or not – that’s four hours of video that has to be uploaded,” Meyer said.
He also added that if a case reached the court system, it became even more burdensome because there were many video requests from attorneys and others involved in the case.
Minooka was the first agency in the county to start using body cams. According to the Morris Herald-News, the dept’s 15 uniformed officers shared 10 cameras from July until January. After each shift, they had to be plugged into a USB port so that the footage could be uploaded and the battery recharged.
Illinois was one of the first states in the country last year to pass legislation creating comprehensive law enforcement rules for body cameras. If a department elects to use body cameras, the law specifies “how and when they should be used.”
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