After several years of researching various options and studying relevant law, policies, and procedures the Atchison Police Department is proud to announce that as of 7:00 PM on 2/2/2022 all officers will be equipped with body worn cameras. The implementation follows months of planning and preparation as well as weeks of training within the Police Department.
“Body worn cameras have many benefits,” said Police Chief Mike Wilson. “They will enable our department to document police interactions with the public, they will provide video and audio evidence for prosecutors, and they will provide a resource for department supervisors to review officers’ conduct and activity. Most importantly, they will enhance transparency and accountability, which our department welcomes. We’ve implemented this program in the right way and for the right reasons.”
The purchase of a body worn camera system for the Police Department was part of the City of Atchison’s 2021 Equipment Replacement Plan and was approved by the Atchison City Commission last September for just under $50,000.