WEST JEFFERSON, NC- The West Jefferson Police Department recently purchased 10 WOLFCOM VISION Police Body Cameras. The purchase also included 4 Super Battery Packs, 1 Docking Station, and Evidence Management Software by WOLFCOM.
“We applaud Officer Ariail for organizing a police body camera program for his department and applying for a grant. We know cost is a major obstacle for some police departments that want to use police body cameras but don’t have the funding. That’s why we are happy to work with these departments to provide them with the most affordable and best top quality police body cameras on the market today… because cops like Officer Ariail and the police officers of the West Jefferson Police Department deserve the best!” said WOLFCOM Founder Peter Austin Onruang.
Officer Randolph Ariail was the officer who suggested the department should get body cameras after his personal experience with his own WOLFCOM VISION police body camera. “I got a nonsense complaint filed against me for a traffic stop… He said all kinds of crazy stuff and I thought it would be nice to have a body camera to verify what really happened. I decided to order a WOLFCOM police body camera. I compared it against the Taser body camera and found that the video quality of the WOLFCOM is just as good. I checked with four other local departments that use WOLFCOM police body cameras and were quite pleased with the cameras… I’ve used it quite a bit for arrests and traffic stops. I’m very pleased with it. I don’t even notice it sometimes on my uniform. I’ve seen some body cameras that are a lot larger and bulkier. I think it’s excellent. The ability to switch it on and off is very simple,” said Ariail.
Ariail used his VISION for several months before deciding to organize an effort to equip his whole department with police body cameras. “This is a small department. I decided that I would apply for a grant or buy them for the police officers myself. I started the grant process but it was like chasing your tail. Eventually, I sent an e-mail to the Governors Crime Control Commission and they got back to me within a half hour and said they had the funds available. The process with them took about a month and a half to get everything approved,” said Ariail.
The department has 8 full time police officers and 2 active reserve police officers. “Everyone likes the clarity of video and sound of the WOLFCOM VISION. They’ve seen my video of traffic stops and citizen contacts and are really impressed with quality of sound and picture…. It came down to camera cost and software cost. After my own evaluation and looking at the price of the system as opposed to Taser, the WOLFCOM system made sense for a department like ours,” said Ariail.
The department is still finalizing details before deploying the body cameras in the field. Some of the main reasons the department wanted to get police body cameras are to document increasing problems with heroin crime and increasing police encounters with “Sovereign Citizens”. “I believe it’s going to be a good thing for our department. Unless you’re doing something wrong, you shouldn’t be worried about using them,” said Ariail.