Rogersville Police Department getting body cams for officers

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ROGERSVILLE, Mo. — The Rogersville Police Department will be ordering body cams for their police officers.

According to chief Paul Laughlin, the department has discussed buying body cams the past few years.

“We’ve been kicking it around for the last three or four years,” said Laughlin. “The last couple years we’ve tested several to see what we liked. We finally decided this year it was time to try and do it.”

A local non-profit will be helping the police department pay the cost of $7,500 for the equipment.

“We talked to Community Foundation of Rogersville about a grant, applied for it, and we got it,” said Laughlin.

The president of Community Foundation of Rogersville Brian VanFossen says the timing is right to get these body cams because the technology will help officers and citizens with accountability.

“We felt like this was by far the best grant application, and felt like this was great timing and great usage of our grant program,” said VanFossen. “Right now, body cameras are a good thing for the police, a good thing for everybody.”

Not only will it help with accountability, but it will also make things easier when it comes to closing cases.

“It’s just a benefit as far as collecting evidence,” said Laughlin. “The prosecutors are all getting used to body cameras, and cameras in the cars and they constantly ask for it.”

Chief Laughlin says many prosecutors like to have the body cam footage to help with evidence.

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