Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

October 15, 2013

KPD has new camera

By Steve Woodhouse
Journal-Express

Knoxville — The Knoxville Police Department has purchased a TASER AXON Body Camera, which when attached to an officer's shirt can record interactions with the public from his or her perspective, to see how the department likes them. 

Lt. Aaron Fuller tells the Journal-Express that when activated, the device can have video that began 30 seconds prior. Unlike dash cameras in police vehicles, this camera will allow others to observe what the officer does during a traffic stop. Videos recorded by the KPD can only be accessed by Chief Dan Losada and Fuller. 

Iowa law allows individuals to video record someone, as long as one of the people involved is aware that the recording is taking place. Fuller said the camera is intended for officer safety and court preparation. The camera also has the power to possibly negate complaints against an officer. Fuller said the KPD does not receive many complaints as it is. 

The department is evaluating the use of the camera before making any decisions to buy more.