From staff and press reports
After watching and reading about recent events involving police officers, Dorothy Hisaw donated funds to help purchase body cameras for the Louisville Police Department.
Hisaw along with her daughter Elizabeth Spellman presented a check to Louisville Police Chief L.M. Claiborne last week.
“There is a real need for all officers to wear a personal video camera,” said Hisaw in a statement.
The city aims to acquire cameras for each of its officers and so does the Winston County Sheriff’s Department.
“We are thankful for the help from Ms. Hisaw,” said Chief Claiborne.
Hisaw challenged every business, church, organization or individual to donate to help provide cameras for every officer in the county.
“These cameras can eliminate a he said she said situation. Exactly what happened is on the camera,” said Hisaw. “I felt I had to do something.”
Hisaw and Spellman noted the challenge to help purchase “Cameras for Cops” was underway and they hoped many more persons got involved.
Chief Claiborne noted that the cameras may help increase public trust and help the officers work cases and traffic stops.
“We’re able to provide a new tool, an important tool that will provide protection for our officers and the community members,” said Chief Claiborne.
According to Chief Claiborne, he is looking for grants, private donations, and will comb through the budget in order to equip all officers with cameras and other equipment necessary to make the operation of the cameras as easy as possible.