Salem using donation to buy body cameras for cops

Salem police soon will be getting body cameras


SALEM, Ohio (WYTV) – Hailing all the way from Texas, Cheryl Railsback delivered $5,000 to the Salem Police Department this week.

“Our foundation feels that it is very important to help them help themselves so that they can be safe,” Railsback said.

“I like to describe Cheryl as a mother to law enforcement everywhere,” Salem Police Chief J.T. Panezott said.

Railsback, a Salem native, runs the Shane Detwiler Foundation in memory of her son, who was killed in the line of duty in July of 2009.

“Their life is in danger every day. They strap on their badge and their gun and they go out and they never know if they are going to go back home that evening,” she said.

The Salem Police Department is using Railsback’s donation to buy six body cameras. Three will be on officers patrolling the streets and the others will be mounted in the cars. Photos from the cruiser cameras will be digitally downloaded into an evidence folder as soon as the cruisers pull into the parking lot.

“I guess with the changing times, I am not worried about my officers on the street. I am more worried about the people that they are dealing with every day,” Panezott said.

He said this is just one more way the department can be more transparent, and will provide better evidence in cases.

“I feel that anything these officers need that will help them do their job is just very important to me,” Railsback said.

Panezott said he will order the cameras very soon, but because they are in high demand, they probably will not receive the equipment until sometime this summer.

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