May 21, 2015
Las Vegas, NV- The Fremont Street Vegas Experience Security Office recently purchased 2 WOLFCOM 3RD EYE Police Body Cameras and 12 WOLFCOM VISION Police Body Cameras. The purchase also included docking stations.
Robert Gallego, Director of Security at the Fremont Street Experience Vegas Experience, says his officers have been using police body camerasfor a few years and recently upgraded to WOLFCOM’s Police Body Cameras. “The VISION Body Cameras are light weight and go on our uniforms well. They keep our officers in check. It also helps with guests. It’s just a tool that helps with our everyday work and we plan to get more of them in the future. We looked at other model police body cameras, but we picked the WOLFCOM VISION because it is very user friendly and you can’t go wrong,” said Gellego.
“Being in security we know that people lie especially after they get caught in a crime, but you can’t lie to the body camera, what you did is what you did and now it’s caught on body camera… It’s helpful if one of our security officers gets into a fight or some situation where we catch a crime on camera, then we call metro police and they handle the rest. We don’t arrest, we don’t carry guns; only handcuffs if we need to detain somebody, then we call metro police. If the situation is caught on body camera, they’ll (metro police) ask to see the video, we show them the video, burn a copy to CD for them and they’re good to go,” said Gellego.
“We had one security officer who had an incident with one of the street performers. The performer claimed that the officer never told him that they couldn’t be in a certain area….We had it all on body camera and were able to play back the video and verify that the officer said exactly everything he was supposed to and prove those people wrong,” said Gellego.
“When introducing any new technology there’s going to be some hesitation, but it took about two weeks before our officers felt comfortable using the body cameras. Now it’s mandatory and if we ask “Do you have video of the incident?” and they didn’t turn their body camera on, there could be disciplinary action up to and including termination. That’s the purpose of the body cameras, to record what happened. Our body camera policyis the security officers need to turn on the body camera if they’re going to approach someone,” said Gellego.