Purchasing cameras is currently voluntary for Iowa law enforcement agencies, but Sioux City has been considering them for several years, vetting different models and taking public input. In recent weeks, a number of citizens voiced concerns at council meetings about the police department’s lack of body cameras.
Unity in the Community founder Monique Scarlett said outfitting Sioux City Police officers with body cameras is “something that is past due” and urged the community to work together.
“What I don’t like is us versus them,” she said. “Body cameras should be accountability for everyone, including our Sioux City Police Department, as well as our citizens.”
Cameras have been present in SCPD cars since the mid-1990s, but body cams, which will be worn in the chest area, will create additional transparency when officers move outside their cars.
“I really do appreciate the citizens that came forward. They came and pushed this forward and demanded that we move on this item,”…