The Woodstock Police Department has installed cameras in all of their patrol vehicles.
The police chief says this equipment is better designed to capture traffic stops and emergency responses. They also have video and audio recordings in the prisoner-transport area in the back of the cruiser, to enhance the safety of both the officer and the passenger.
A few years ago, the funding for the cameras was added to their capital improvement plan when they realized they would need the cameras in the future.
“We recently have begun the outfitting and equipping of patrol vehicles with in-car video. This is really an expansion of the program that we began in 20-12 with body-worn cameras. Since that time all of our officers have been issued those body-worn cameras,” said Woodstock Police Chief E.L Reiley
While the body cameras are useful, Chief Reiley says the car cameras offer a better vantage point.