Tribal Police equip with body cameras

The Pokagon Band Tribal Police received a grant from the Department of Justice to fund a body camera project for our Tribal Police Officers. The Tribal Police are working together with our Tribal Prosecutor and IT Department to put together a good program that will benefit everyone involved.

Body worn cameras are becoming standard equipment in law enforcement communities across the country. Currently our officers have in-car video cameras, but those cameras are limited to what happens directly in front of the patrol cars. Body worn cameras follow the officer into the field and can capture his or her activities. These videos could be used for evidence or for officer recollection so that a more detailed report can be written.

One concern about this type of program is wondering what the police department will do with that video. This is why it is important for us to have good policy in place before we put these cameras on our officers. The video captured on these cameras will be handled by the police department in a way similar to the way we handle and secure evidence. This is done because sensitive information may be captured on the video device, and we want to be sure that no sensitive information is ever dealt with improperly or improperly released.

The Tribal Police Department strives to provide the best service to our community and these tools will help enhance the safety and security of our community and the police officers who serve you. Please feel free to ask us any questions about this program by contacting Karen Klug via email karen.klug@pokagonband-nsn.gov, and we will answer any questions that you have.