July 07, 2015
MORAINE VALLEY, IL- The Moraine Valley Community College Police Department recently purchased 10 WOLFCOM VISION Police Body Cameras.
“We are happy to provide the latest in police body camera technology to the Moraine Valley Community College Police Department. Police body cameras are still a relatively new technology and we know that there are departments who clearly recognize the value these body cameras offer, but face budget restrictions or changing policy rules. This is why we strive to provide the best technology at the most reasonable prices available. We are confident the WOLFCOM VISION will serve the Moraine Valley Police Department well in their body camera program goals,” said WOLFCOM founder Peter Austin Onruang.
Lt. Mark Wilkans helped his department research police body cameras and ultimately decide to use the WOLFCOM VISION. “It was the best bang for your buck…. We wanted a second generation body camera with pre-record capability, HD quality video at the right price, so it was a combination of factors that made us choose the WOLFCOM VISION body cameras. We wanted to be ahead of the curve. We’ve seen more and more departments getting them and we wanted to get them inside the department so we could build a history… we anticipate that there will be a tipping point where video will just be expected by juries and the public and there will be more questions raised of ‘Why there isn’t video of an incident?’,” said Wilkans.
“We like the video and audio quality. We like the light weight of the camera… size and weight as minimal as possible in a unit that seems to be solidly built….Also the adjustable lens is a great feature. The rotating lens provides more positions for wearing the camera on your uniform. We have different sized officers and this feature allows officers to adjust them to get the best camera angle for their body shape and size… that feature will hopefully work out well for us,” said Wilkans.
The department has 29 police officers. “A major factor in our decision was price… we were able to purchase enough cameras to cover all police officers on a given shift. We’ve only had them for a few weeks and are still drafting policy. The state of Illinois just passed new laws regarding Police Body Cameras, so we’re adjusting our policy following those new laws,” said Wilkans.
“There are those officers who would rather not use them and see them as an invasion of their privacy… we had the same problem with dash cameras when they started to be used. After a while, the police officers who were against dash cams, found that 99 percent of the time the dash cams helped them… we anticipate that the same thing will happen with body cameras. We believe that a lot of that concern will go away after they see how body cameras help them with prosecution of criminal cases and protecting them from false accusations,” said Wilkans.