PUEBLO – Pueblo Police Force uses some of the most innovative technology on the market to ensure their safety and that of everyone else they encounter on duty.
The entire department must use the same type of Glock on duty, which activates their body camera as soon as the gun is removed from the holster.
“It’s great,” said Anthony Masciotra, a police corporal with the SRO unit.
“I knew it would be good for them for a long time. As our old boss said, if you go to a Loaf n Jug or something, don’t worry about turning on your camera,” said Masciotra.
The department spent $ 168,177.00 on 250 glocks and holsters, each with 2 magazines and a lamp. The funds were allocated from federal collection funds received by the ministry.
So far, officials on duty could use any weapon they wanted, as long as it came from a “reputable manufacturer”.
“At first there was a lot of anger about switching to this platform. Many of those who have been angry about it actually shoot this platform better,” said Masciotra.
MAsciotra explained the Bodycam technology “like a burglar alarm system”.
“If these two magnetic (parts) connect, it’s fine. As soon as they break, the camera is activated or the alarm is triggered.”
Miranda Hines lost her fiancé to a police officer who was shot dead in Cañon City earlier this year.
There are no bodycam recordings of the incident, and the death of her fiancé Dalton Lee Buckholz is still under investigation.
“The bodycams are essential, in my opinion, to … hold people accountable for what they do … It’s good that the Pueblo police did this before they were forced to,” said Hines.
This is a new type of technology and when asked what happens if it doesn’t work, PPD said they haven’t had any problems but don’t expect it to work perfectly every time.
The department-wide training has been completed and the entire transition should be completed in the next few months.