The Ball Ground Police Department will soon have another tool in its toolbox in the coming weeks, as the agency will be getting a set of body cameras for officers up and running.
According to Chief Bryon Reeves, the company the city obtained the body cameras from, Watchguard, is the same firm that makes the cameras currently installed in the department’s vehicles. In fact, the body cameras will be able to wirelessly integrate with the car cameras and can automatically upload footage to a server in police headquarters whenever an officer arrives back at the station.
“Watchguard will be coming here Nov. 23, 24 and 25 to help get our equipment set up and train us on how to use it,” Reeves said.
Reeves said, although the department has had cameras in its vehicles before, these will be the first body cameras the agency has used. One key reason he said it has taken until now for body cameras to come into use with the department has been the cost of obtaining them. However, after finding the money needed for their purchase through a number of sources, the department was about to acquire the cameras, a tool Reeves said it was time for the department to get.
“It’s a good feeling. We’re excited to be getting them,” he said. “This is just one more tool to help us do what we need to go and do it safely.”