Waverly Police Chief seeking money for body cameras

By Gary Scott on March 22, 2016 at 12:35pm

A group of law enforcement agencies in the state are using the Internet to raise money for body cameras, including one here in Morgan County.

The Waverly Police Department is one of twelve different departments as of Wednesday morning taking donations on the site BodyCameraDonations.com.

“We have a pretty tight budget right now. I just want body cameras for all of us to make sure we’re just following policy, and when someone files a complaint, it’s accurate. We very rarely get complaints, but I want to be safe, and due to the budget issues, we’ve turned to BodyCameraDonations.com,” says Police Chief John Burtle.

“If we can get them pretty quick, that’d be nice, but if not, that’s OK, too. Just another tool to use to our advantage.”

With one full-time police officer and seven part-timers, Burtle says he’d like at least four cameras. He says the cost is $250 per camera.

There’s only one police department in Morgan County with body cameras right now, and that’s the Meredosia Police Department.

Edit made: the cost is $250 per camera, not $250 for all four cameras.