Fountain Police Department making changes to body-worn camera protocols

FOUNTAIN, Colo. — The Fountain Police Department is making changes to its officer-worn body camera program.

The department started using the cameras in March 2015. After going through growing pains and dealing with protocols, the department learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t. Because of the system they were using, they estimate between 1,200 and 1,400 videos were not cataloged correctly. They emphasize these videos weren’t necessarily related to criminal investigations.

Now, the department will be using the same system as the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Officers believe the bugs have been worked out, and things will be better in the future.

“We’re just looking at this as an opportunity to take the growing pains that came with it, but at the same time looking at the best opportunity there to become a part of and make sure we are doing everything we can do to provide the best service, but at the same time not adding all the man-hours that need to be done,” Lt. Tommy Coates said.

The new system allows officers to catalog their videos in the field, which keeps them on the streets and out of the office.

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