Plainfield, IN– The Town of Plainfield Town Council approved a contract to upgrade body worn cameras for the Plainfield Police Department at the April 12th Town Council Meeting. This contract approval continues the department’s initiatives to provide a safer community for its residents and officers. The contract with Motorola will upgrade the body worn and in-car cameras, storage and expand body worn cameras to all sworn staff on the department.
“The Plainfield Police Department was the first law enforcement department in Hendricks County to wear body cameras while on duty,” said Chief of Plainfield Police, Jared McKee. “We continue to be a leader in the community by investing in the most up-to-date technology. The advantage of this new system is that the camera will essentially always be recording, which is advantageous for all of our staff and those we encounter.”
Installing more cameras and storage will allow transparency between law enforcement and the community while decreasing the costs of investigations.
The newest investment comes after the Plainfield Police Department has worked to increase training and public outreach in the wake of the civil unrest in 2020. Last year, the police department introduced a de-escalation simulator program. The simulator allows officers to participate in “real-life” encounters, where they receive instant positive feedback when they successfully utilized de-escalation techniques. De-escalation has also been infused into all use of force trainings implemented by the department.
Additionally, Chief Jared McKee and other officers began participating and hosting more inclusive conversations to help build stronger relationships with the entire community.
“I am thankful that the council sees the benefits of a robust body worn and in-car camera system and is willing to finance such a large endeavor,” said McKee. “As we continually strive towards police professionalism, our transparency to the public should always be imbedded in everything we do. I am honored to serve the community of Plainfield and thankful for the continued support as we progress through these ever-changing times.”