By Luanne Williams, for the SNAP
Thursday, June 26, 2014 —
Stanfield police cars will soon be equipped with new DVM-800 video cameras purchased recently by the town for $6,950.
“This is a very efficient tool for law enforcement,” Stanfield Commissioner James Griffin told the rest of the Town Council Thursday night.
“Some people say the cameras are ‘Big Brother’ watching officers. But no, it helps out because you have people who make all kinds of allegations.”
He said false claims can often be put to rest quickly when video is reviewed.
A police officer for Monroe, Griffin described the four new digital cameras as offering a much higher quality panoramic view than those currently installed on the Stanfield cars and explained that they will download to a system accessible only to Police Chief James Schneider so as to protect the evidentiary chain of custody.
“You’d be amazed when you go to court, if anyone other than administration has had access to video, they will try to claim that the video has been altered,” Griffin said.
His report regarding the cameras was one of only a handful of items discussed at the 13-minute meeting.
However, Mayor Kevin Barbee took the Council’s last official gathering of the fiscal year as an opportunity to express his appreciation to the board and town employees.
“I want to thank each one of you individually for all of the stuff y’all do for the town,” Barbee said, adding that he understands that they endure “a lot of harassment, a lot of grief, a lot of ‘why don’t you do this?’ or ‘how dare you do that?’
“The deal is, right now the town seems to be running very stable. You couldn’t ask for a group of people to work any better together than what y’all do.”
Having assembled twice in June, the Stanfield Town Council will not meet in July, but will meet next Aug. 7.
Luanne Williams is a freelance contributor for The Stanly News & Press.