Woodstock police cruisers are now equipped with cameras.
Axon cameras were recently installed in six Woodstock patrol vehicles at a cost of $16,782. The cost includes the cameras, the installation and storage of video, said Woodstock Police Chief Eric Reiley.
“It helps in court. While we don’t want the court or an attorney to doubt the honor or testimony of an officer if an officer is saying one thing and the defendant another, the video will show what happened,” Reiley said.
The video recording system turns on automatically when the cruiser starts and even when the back door opens, such as when an officer places someone into the back seat.
An officer can see the video images from the back seat on the computer in his cruiser, allowing him or her to be more aware of what is happening, potentially life-saving if there is a medical emergency.
Once an officer pulls back into the police station, the video is automatically downloaded and stored.