EPD, Prosecutor's Office Adopt New Body Camera Policy

The New Year has brought a new sense of cooperation between the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office and Evansville Police Department, especially when it comes to body camera videos.

A new policy recently went into effect requiring the department to produce body camera videos depicting felony arrests within 72 hours of the arrest.

The policy change was largely prompted by the controversial arrest of Mark Healy and the suspensions of four police officers that followed.

As Eyewitness News reported, late last year there were some heated email exchanges between police and prosecutors concerning body camera videos.

With that controversy behind them, both agencies say this new police and continued cooperation will help both sides better communicate and be better efficient.

Sgt. Jason Cullum says, “We are basically beta testing not only body cameras themselves but procedures. The Evansville Police Department was very early in the use of cameras. Although the conversations have been many across the country, the actual utilization is very small compared to the number of agencies that are out there."

Vanderburgh County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Gary Schutte says, “Law enforcement agencies and our office, we have the same objective and that is justice, doing the right thing. This is an implement to help us determine what those decisions are so the sooner we can get that information, the better."

The police department has installed a computer at the jail that allows officers to upload their body camera videos without filling out paperwork.

Sgt. Cullum says this allows officers to get their work completed more quickly and get back out on the street.

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