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Posted on: March 31, 2017

Woodstock Police Department Launches Body-Worn Camera Program

Woodstock Police Department Launches Body-Worn Camera Program

 March 31, 2017 – To continue promoting openness and transparency in its operations, Woodstock Police officers will now be equipped with body-worn cameras.  The implementation of this program is viewed as a valuable tool to both the community and police officers.  

Woodstock officers will be equipped with a small camera displayed on the outer portion of their uniform for the benefit of capturing audio and visual information acquired in the course of their official duties.

Woodstock Police officials reviewed seventeen models of body-worn cameras for the following criteria:  ease of use by the officers, ease of use by system manager, upload procedure, charging capabilities/battery life, fixed or adjustable lens, and separate camera from DVR or combined component.  After nearly eighteen months of research and review, the Woodstock Police Department selected Digital Ally FirstVu HD.  The department currently utilizes the Digital Ally In-Car Video System with VuVault Software. The Digital Ally FirstVu Body Worn Camera can integrate with the in-car system currently deployed by Woodstock Police Department, and it uses the same VuVault Software; which prevents having to install another video reader and archival system. 

To ensure thoughtful and deliberate implementation of the program, a Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Community Working Group was established.  This group met on several occasions to provide input and help guide the efforts of this groundbreaking project.

“The intent of the Body-Worn Camera Community Working Group is to ensure that our public is aware that officers will be equipped with the cameras and to solicit input from important points of view in our community," says Calvin W. Moss, Woodstock’s Chief of Police.  Representation in the Community Working Group includes: residents, businesses, youth, senior citizens, faith-based organizations, and key government and service agencies.  "I am grateful to the group members for their time, perspective and contributions which were critical to implementation of the project," he continues.  The group will be invited to continue providing valuable input on departmental issues in the future.

The members of the Body-Worn Camera Community Working Group include: 
Colin Ake, Chairman, Greenprints Alliance 
Elington Bates, Pastor, Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church 
Holly Campolong, Director, Cherokee County DFCS 
Pamela Carnes, President & CEO, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce 
Dr. James Law, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church of Woodstock 
Susan Miller, Chief Solicitor, City of Woodstock 
Carl Moore, Sr. Pastor, Allen Temple AME Church 
Jessica Moss, Solicitor General, State Court of Cherokee County 
Steve & Tonya Riddick, Business Owners, Freedom Financial Services 
Mark Smith, Principal, Woodstock High School 
Perry Tanner, Chairman Woodstock Downtown Development Authority 
Shannon Wallace, Cherokee County District Attorney, Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit Court 
Dale Walz, Chairwoman, Cherokee Triad S.A.L.T.
David & Nancy Zayas, Pastors, Fuente de Vida (FDV) Church 
Calvin W. Moss, Chief of Police 
Kevin Culpepper, Assistant Chief 
Mark Hand, Captain 
Harry McGinnis, Volunteer Grant Writer 
Gil Feldman, Volunteer Grant Writer

Additionally, the Woodstock Police Department received a grant for $60,000 from the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to fully fund the launch of the Body-Worn Camera program.

All officers assigned to patrol duties and 911 call response are outfitted with a body-worn camera.

Members of the BWC Community Working Group are available for scheduled interview with media upon request.

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