Rapid City Police create position to review body camera evidence

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

The Rapid City Legal and Finance Committee approved the creation of a new position within the police department that will oversee body camera footage.

It is unclear if the Rapid City Police has anyone in mind for the role. Whoever fills the permanent position of Police Video Evidence Technician will manage video evidence generated by officer-worn body cameras. 

The position is being funded in part by a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Rapid City Police Department and Pennington County Sheriff's Office are matching the grant, which will also pay to purchase 200 cameras for the two agencies. 

According to Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris, the new cameras will streamline the process of charging criminals.

“It’s going to enhance our ability to prosecute successfully as a system, because we're going to have a lot more live evidence that is viewable at a later date,” Jegeris said.

Rapid City residents can expect to see body cameras on officers by next June.

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