DUPONT, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A local police department in Luzerne County will be getting an extra set of “eyes” for officers on duty.
“It’s just a piece of equipment that we feel would be beneficial to the police department and the community,” said Chief Sean Dolan, Dupont Police Department.
Dupont Police Chief Sean Dolan is talking about body cameras.
The borough council met Tuesday to discuss ordering the cameras for the borough’s officers.
Dolan says they’ve been talking about getting the body cameras for a while now, even before the riots and protests that have occurred over the past few months.
“The plan actually started months ago, prior to any incitements with the riots and everything happening. It was just a thought process that it would be more transparency within the department, the better off we’d be,” said Dolan.
The Dupont Police Department is open 24/7 and staffs two full-time and 11 part-time officers.
Dolan said the six cameras would be shared and utilized per shift.
“We’ll have everything on record because sometimes you have the ‘he said, she said’ and all you have to do is go back and look at the camera and see exactly what happened,” said Stanley Knick, Jr., President, Dupont Borough Council.
So far, the council has been in contact with three companies and they are getting quotes on the equipment.
Dupont PD says they reached out to the Taylor Police Department as a reference since they have body cameras already in use.
“I just think it’s better for everybody involved. Our police officers, the citizens… Anybody that is involved for a crime or a stop,” said Knick.
Chief Dolan tells Eyewitness News there was no precipitating event that caused them to order the cameras. He expects the cameras to be ready to use by the end of the summer.