Hanover Park police hope to acquire more squad car cameras Sue Ter Maat Daily Herald Staff Writer November 29, 2000, Wednesday, C1 Copyright 2000 Paddock Publications, Inc. Chicago Daily Herald November 29, 2000, Wednesday, C1 Terms and Conditions Copyright(c) 2000 LEXIS-NEXIS, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights Reserved.
(HANOVER PARK, Ill.) -- The Hanover Park Police Department may get four or five more surveillance cameras to mount on its squad cars.
The department received about $18,000 in federal money recently to buy safety equipment. The department hopes to use all the money on cameras, Deputy Chief Ken Felbinger said.
The department now has two cameras it bought about three years ago.
One goal of the department is to equip the entire squad of 14 marked cars with cameras, he said.
"The cameras keep a record of what is occurring on the streets," Felbinger said. "I don't see a downside to it. It is a good thing simply because if any situation comes up where someone makes a complaint, we can look at the video and see if all acted properly."
The cameras would be mounted in the middle of the windshield near the upper edge, he said.
Besides using the cameras to videotape traffic stops, they would be used to watch a street corner without a police officer actually being in the car, he said.
Before any cameras can be ordered, the department will need approval from the village board.
The board had a public hearing on the cameras a few months ago. There were no comments from the public about using the federal money for surveillance cameras, Felbinger said.
The police department likely will make a formal request for the cameras at the Dec. 7 village board meeting, Assistant Village Manager Mark Masciola said.
If the board approves the cameras, they would be ordered immediately. The cameras would probably be up and running by early next year, the deputy police chief said.
The cameras protect the officer and the public both, Masciola said. "For instance, if there is a DUI offender, the cameras will catch what actually happened."