Lincoln University campus police now wearing body cameras

10 months 2 days 14 hours ago Tuesday, October 18 2016 Oct 18, 2016 Tuesday, October 18, 2016 3:11:00 PM CDT October 18, 2016 in News
By: Desiree' Evans, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY — Lincoln University has found a new way to secure student safety on campus.

While on duty, Lincoln University campus police officers are expected to wear body cameras, according to a recent press release. The cameras are to be on the entire time an officer is patrolling the campus.

There are always three officers on duty at a time and each officer is equipped with a device.

The Lincoln University campus police received training for the devices over the summer and began wearing the body cameras in August, the press release said.

Director of University Relations Misty Young said "We use the cameras in student conduct cases so if we need to have evidence against students for specific cases, then we use them for that."

The cameras are also used if students have problems. 

"If by chance there should ever be a complaint against an officer, we have the cameras as well," Young said. 

The camera clips to the middle of the officer's chest. Each camera individually cost $881 and it a total of $7,410 was spent on four cameras plus accessories. 

If an officer needs to record a specific event, it is their responsibility to hit the record button, the university said. The cameras record constantly, but the recording is only saved once the officer hits a button. Then the camera documents the 30 seconds prior until the button is hit again.

Some Lincoln University students said they think having body cameras on campus is beneficial. 

"Body cameras are a helpful thing other than the cameras that are on their cars," LU student Rodneychia Taylor said. "It's a closer view than anything else." 

Charles Dunn said, "You can get two or three different stories but a video will tell exactly what happened," 

One student said she doesn't think body cameras are necessary on the university's campus.

"I don't think campus police are the issue," Caprice Thomas said. "I've never heard of any instances here where we have a problem like a Trayvon Martin incident." 

Young said she hopes the body cameras help students feel more confident in their interactions with the police and the police officers feel more confident in their interactions with students. 

 

More News

Grid
List
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — Two men face felony charges after shots were fired at police during a vehicle pursuit in... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, August 21 2017 Aug 21, 2017 Monday, August 21, 2017 1:55:15 PM CDT August 21, 2017 in News
CHILLCOTHE (AP) — Authorities are investigating after an officer was involved in a shooting in northern Missouri. The St.... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, August 21 2017 Aug 21, 2017 Monday, August 21, 2017 1:43:00 PM CDT August 21, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after an off-duty officer was killed and a woman was wounded at... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, August 21 2017 Aug 21, 2017 Monday, August 21, 2017 1:31:00 PM CDT August 21, 2017 in News
LEE'S SUMMIT (AP) — Police in suburban Kansas City are on the hunt for a man accused of stealing a... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, August 21 2017 Aug 21, 2017 Monday, August 21, 2017 1:19:00 PM CDT August 21, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys for a condemned Missouri inmate warn that the state is preparing to execute a potentially... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, August 21 2017 Aug 21, 2017 Monday, August 21, 2017 12:51:00 PM CDT August 21, 2017 in News
ANNAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities in eastern Missouri's Iron County are investigating a shooting death in a rural area. Th... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, August 21 2017 Aug 21, 2017 Monday, August 21, 2017 10:57:00 AM CDT August 21, 2017 in News
CAMDEN COUNTRY - The Camden County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying two people who stole a... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, August 21 2017 Aug 21, 2017 Monday, August 21, 2017 10:14:00 AM CDT August 21, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Clouds dissipated enough for many people in mid-Missouri to get a good view of the total solar eclipse.... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, August 21 2017 Aug 21, 2017 Monday, August 21, 2017 7:58:00 AM CDT August 21, 2017 in Eclipse Events
BOWLING GREEN (AP) — A rural northeast Missouri man is charged with fatally shooting his stepson. Pike County... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, August 21 2017 Aug 21, 2017 Monday, August 21, 2017 6:53:54 AM CDT August 21, 2017 in Continuous News
SEDALIA - A trespasser was hit and killed by an Amtrak train near the Sedalia train station Sunday evening. ... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, August 21 2017 Aug 21, 2017 Monday, August 21, 2017 5:52:00 AM CDT August 21, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rural Missouri is preparing for its moment in the sun. Check that: Its moment out of... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, August 21 2017 Aug 21, 2017 Monday, August 21, 2017 4:25:00 AM CDT August 21, 2017 in Continuous News
BOONE COUNTY - Columbia Police arrested Christopher Moore Sunday night after a standoff that began in the afternoon, according to... More >>
15 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 11:39:00 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in Continuous News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - While many people are preparing to look into the sky for the eclipse Monday, one airport is... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 6:01:00 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a total solar eclipse drew people to Jefferson City over the weekend... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 5:55:00 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
FERGUSON (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who temporarily posted a Facebook comment expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be... More >>
23 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 3:51:00 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The total solar eclipse is coming on the fifth day of school, and Columbia teachers are trying to... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:38:00 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Researchers are getting ready for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Not only will they be watching the... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 1:22:00 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police in Kansas City say a man pushing his disabled car on Interstate 70 was killed... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 1:14:03 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 87°
3pm 90°
4pm 88°
5pm 86°
6pm 85°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:00p
The Dr. Oz Show
3:00p
Dr. Phil
4:00p
Jeopardy!
2:30p
Judge Alex
3:00p
The Robert Irvine Show
4:00p
Cops Reloaded

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
American Ninja Warrior
9:00p
Midnight, Texas
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Hooten & the Lady
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld