The Watervliet Police Department is excited to announce the implementation of a Body Worn Camera (BWC) Program. Body worn cameras offer the ability to view police activity from a unique perspective which aids in identifying many training, recognition and feedback opportunities. In addition, they increase transparency, accountability and trust which will further enhance the department’s partnership with the Watervliet community. Also, they reduce the number of civil cases brought against officers and increase the number of pre-trial guilty pleas which save time, money and resources for the department and the city.
“The implementation of a Body Worn Camera Program is a noteworthy accomplishment for both the city and the police department. The ability to capture an officer’s perspective of what transpired during an incident will establish an additional layer of credibility and reinforce our commitment to public trust,” said Watervliet Police Chief Joseph Centanni. “I greatly appreciate our department’s enthusiasm for this program which will increase the positive relationship we share with our community. Lastly, thanks to Mayor Charles Patricelli, General Manager Joe LaCivita and the Watervliet City Council for their support of the department’s mission and the neighborhoods we collectively serve,” concluded Centanni.
The department conducted extensive research of available technology, along with law enforcement best practices. Field testing began in January 2022 followed by officer training on the new equipment and many of its unique features in preparation for the full department rollout which began in early June 2022.
“The city fully supports the Body Worn Camera Program and the many benefits it will provide,” said Watervliet Mayor Charles Patricelli. “This is an investment in our police department which will result in increased safety for our residents. The city remains committed to providing the tools and resources that will aid our police officers and build trust within our communities,” concluded Patricelli.