by Emily Walrep
Lawrence Hicks with the Woodville Police Department was recently able to save the city about $25,000 after applying for a grant through DETCOG for five new high-tech dash cameras for city police cars, and then doing all of the installations himself.
According to Woodville Police Chief Scott Yosco, the video systems that the cars had were at the end of their life and did not have the clarity or quality that the district attorney would prefer.
"Our department answers 450 to 750 calls for assistance, 30 to 40 arrests and transfers 30 to 40 offense reports to the district attorneys office per month," said Yosco. "With our local district attorney requesting and sometimes requiring video evidence on traffic stops and disturbances, we believe that the new technology will assist in capturing statements as well as on-scene atmospheres and actions during traffic stops and disturbances that will help the district attorney prosecute cases more effectively."
Yosco said that all the credit goes to Officer Lawrence Hicks for getting the grant used to purchase the cameras and then installing them himself to save the city money.
The cameras have HD Video and can pick up audio from long distances, and will assist in jury trails and cases that require clear audio and video.