President pushes for use of body cameras on police officers

Chief Jeff Trotnic: Video capture information that is valuable for us

The president is looking to equip thousands of police officers across the nation with body cameras.

President Obama wants to spend $75 million to get 50,000 cameras for officers.

A La Crosse Police Captain says that would only make up a fraction of the 800,000 law enforcement officers working in the US.

The department is looking into it and early estimates for their force could be as much as a quarter of a million dollars. In Onalaska the chief is focused on getting better in car cameras before other gear but knows the value this technology brings.

“Video such as in car camera systems, body cameras, they capture information that is valuable for us, and we want to be able to do that on a consistent basis,” said Onalaska Police Department Chief Jeff Trotnic.

The police chief says the body cameras do have limitations including unreliable audio.