Eau Claire law enforcement receive donation for body cameras

EAU CLAIRE (WKBT) — The Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office and Eau Claire Police Department will receive new body cameras, they announced Wednesday, after PESI Inc. pledged nearly $1 million for the program.

PESI — a non-profit continuing education organization in Eau Claire — pledged $949,621.85 to fund the purchase and implementation of body-worn cameras, replacement of in-squad camera systems, replacement of interview room camera systems and cloud-based storage of video data for five years.

“PESI Associates are honored to financially support a new cloud-based body, squad car and interview room camera systems for the Eau Claire Police Department and Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office. This is an investment in our local community that will build trust through transparency and provide additional safety and efficiencies for our law enforcement officers,” said Michael Olson, Deputy Director PESI, Inc., in a statement.

Sheriff Ron Cramer said the technology will provide another source of transparency and protection for his staff.

“We look forward to increased trust and offer accountability to those we serve. Our office strives to continually build strong relationships and serve through community engagement. The County greatly appreciates the financial donation from PESI to move this project forward,” he said.

Police Chief Matt Rokus agreed.

“The addition of body-worn cameras and improvements to our other video recording systems are important tools to help strengthen trust and legitimacy. This technology will further promote transparency, accountability and offer opportunities to advance policing through training. I am grateful for PESI’s generous donation and support,” Rokus said.

The Eau Claire City Council approved the purchase agreement with Axon Enterprise Inc. on Tuesday and it is expected the new cameras will be up and running by the end of January.

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