BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Black River Falls Downtown Association sets aside funds every year to give back to the community. Recently, members of the organization chose to help out the local police department with a generous gift. First News at Nine’s Jessica Mendoza takes us to Black River Falls.
The Black River Falls Police Department says the footage from each officer’s body camera is looked at multiple times every day. The cameras are an important tool. So important that when the community found out they were short one camera, they acted quickly.
Police Chief Jeremy Isensee said, “This day and age everybody has a camera, that’s on their cell phone.”
Isensee says an officer’s body camera shows every interaction, from start to finish.
“It catches everything the officer sees, its usually mounted directly on their chest,” said Isensee.
Isensee says the Vice President of the Downtown Association called him one day, with a question.
“Tom Cooper called me, asked if we had enough body cameras, I said every full-time officer does, I said the only one missing one is myself,” said Isensee.
Cooper said, “With the environment of things throughout the country, I was concerned that they may not have enough body cameras to cover every officer in the department.”
Each body camera costs nearly nine hundred dollars. The money for the camera came from the business improvement district of the downtown of Black River Falls and from private donations made to the nonprofit.
Cooper said, “Now every officer in the department has a body camera not only for our safety but for theirs.”
“That was excellent, I couldn’t ask for anything more. I don’t have to worry about that coming out of the city’s budget and I can use that for other police equipment,” said Isensee.
Cooper says helping their local police department was the least they could do.
“They’re there for us for every festival, every parade, supporting us and keeping us safe. For us to reach back and help them out, were very proud to do it,” said Cooper.
The body camera is being ordered up and should arrive to Chief Isensee shortly.
Reporting in Black River Falls, Jessica Mendoza, First News at Nine.