Body camera equipment now worn by Olive Branch officers

Olive Branch police officers have begun using new equipment in the form of body cameras and vehicle sensor equipment. 

Officers are now being fully equipped with BodyWorn by Utility, Inc.. This intelligent body camera technology will add reassurance of safety for police officers and civilians, according to the city, through critical features such as automated video activation, high speed data collection, smart sensors that enhance real-time communication, and more. 

The city also contracts with Utility, Inc. for automated license plate readers.  

The equipment first went into usage on Friday.

City of Olive Branch IT Director, Joshua Cornell and Utility, Inc. representatives, Cameron Bridges and Susan Smith trained officers on how to use the new, advanced law enforcement body camera and vehicle sensor equipment. The body camera equipment is fully compatible with officers’ in-car computer software. 

Funding for the equipment was made possible with a donation from Homer Skelton Ford and the Skelton family, in particular Catherine Moore Skelton, Homer Skelton Ford Vice President, Brian Chapman, Mrs. Michelle Skelton Chapman, and the rest of the Skelton family. The donation assisted the city in purchasing the safety technology. 

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