Covington Police Dept, KY
Covington, founded in 1815, is a city in Kenton County, Kentucky, in the Upland South region of the United States. It has a population of a little over 40,000. Covington police department started working with 80 Reveal RS1-SX cameras, and digital evidence management system, DEMS, in January 2014.
Sgt. Ronald Trenkamp has been coordinating the project.
What are you trying to achieve with Body Worn Video?
Simply to document incidents between officers and the general public.
Our hope has been that the cameras would assist in criminal prosecution by providing an independent eyewitness account of what happens during interactions with citizens that end up being charged criminally.
Our hope is that the public will see us as transparent public safety agency. We believe the public is that much better served when the officers have this eyewitness tool available to them.
Have you been successful?
How have these features of the camera made a difference -
Front facing screen?
Personally, I like them. Some officers use the cover on the camera so that there are no lights showing.
The articulated camera head?
We love it. It accommodates the different heights of the officers.
Easy one-touch record button?
We love it even more! It’s almost cop-proof!
Have you used any other camera? If so, how do Reveal cameras compare?
Yes. We initially purchased cameras that were not weather hardened and did not withstand the harsh elements that officers work under. We also tried VieVu cameras. The videos on Reveal were better.
And how have you found working with the people at Reveal?
I have been very happy with the people at Reveal. Working with Gary, Alaa and Ellie has been great.
How would you sum up your experience of body worn video?
I think that our experience with the Reveal RS1 cameras has been positive.
Would you recommend Reveal and our products?