Cozad City Council Approves Police Video Recorders

The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Monday, November 7th. Pastor Blake Armstrong, Living Hope Assembly Church delivered the invocation to begin the meeting.
City Attorney Scott Trusdale swore into office Police Officer Keith Henggeler. Henggeler, his wife Kristin and son Nolan reside in Eustis.
Brad Staton of Staton Insurance Agency appeared to present the municipal insurance renewal policy. “Overall there was a modest premium increase due to increases in the valuation of property and workman’s comp,” Staton reported.
Emergency Management Director Brian Woldt presented the second part of the Hazard Mitigation Planning Policy to the council members and commissioners.
City Attorney Trusdale reviewed the revised Cozad Police Department Policy on Body Worn Video Recorders. Police Chief Randy Adams and Officer John Peden have synchronized the recorders with the cameras inside the patrol cars through Watch Guard.
The department has five cameras with the recording times on each camera being nine hours. The audio and video on the cameras is of        superior quality according to Chief Adams.
“These recorders will be valuable tools in our department and will also hold our officers accountable for their actions,” Chief Adams explained. “Complaints against police officers in departments where these have been utilized have gone down 93 percent,” he continued.
Council members gave their approval for the policy that will direct officers and supervisors in the proper use and maintenance of the Body Worn Video Recorders as well as directing how video will be utilized as a quality control mechanism and evidence collection mechanism.
Mayor Nancy Meyer was also given the authorization to sign the annual agreement between the Nebraska Department of Roads and the City of Cozad.
Under Reports Commissioner Dallas Nichols reported that his department is performing ‘flow tests’ on fire hydrants. Commissioner Britt German reported that the contractors had completed work on changing out some of the city’s power poles and that Eli Bennett attended transformer school. Commissioner PJ Jacobson reported that the snow fences are up and the snowplows are ready. Wilson Public Library Director Laurie Yocom reported on upcoming events at the library including the Veterans Day PowerPoint Program from 12 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday) followed by the showing of the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! 
Police Chief Adams reported that HHS numbers are still up and that Officer Kayla Rock will be attending police academy on December 4th. The Nebraska Crime Commission has also mandated that his department complete an eyewitness policy by January 1st.
Council member Charlie Block requested that the commissioners invite their new employees to attend a council meeting.
Council member Ron Olds expressed concerns about the messes left at the Cozad Recycling Center on a regular basis, especially over weekends. “It takes two city employees a half day each time to clean up,” said Olds. The city will investigate the cost of investing in a better camera surveillance system for the center.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 21, 2016 in the Cozad City Office Building.

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