WAUNAKEE, Wis. (WMTV) – Law enforcement with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office got a chance to test out the latest technology used in their industry during a demonstration Thursday.

The Dane Co. Sheriff’s Office partnered with Exxon to host a demonstration at the Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center. Law enforcement and county leaders got a chance to test the latest technologies in the fleet, body and drone cameras, tasers and virtual reality training.

The gathering comes as the Dane Co. Sheriff’s Office continues Push for Body Camera Pilot Program, The City of Madison does not currently have a body worn camera system – several departments in south central Wisconsin already do.

Sheriff Calvin Barrett said Thursday, “This is an opportunity to educate and inform the public and our community leaders and our decision makers about what we need in the form of resources to continue serving the great people of Dane County. “

Patrick Miles, chairman of the Dane County Board of Supervisors, said Thursday’s demo was a good start to showcase the capabilities of the different forms of technology.

“For some technology, like body cams, etc., one of the functions of the county board is to work with the sheriff’s office to establish good policies on how they’re going to be used and all the issues that go with it — privacy, transparency,” Miles said. said in the performance.

Barrett said transparency in law enforcement is key to maintaining a trusting relationship with the community. He says body cameras can help him provide that.

“We’re exposed to different scenarios, and we have to be able to adjust to those scenarios,” Barrett said. “If we are simply given nothing and no tools in between, we are left with not many options, so the more options we have, the better it is to effectively keep and hold the peace or allows someone to be detained with the least use of force.”

Earlier this month, the Madison Common Council voted to move forward with a plan to launch a pilot program in Madison’s North District. Field officers will wear body cameras over a period of 90 days. After those 90 days the department will see what worked and what did not.

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