Today, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously (5-0) to speed up implementation of body-worn cameras by Sheriff’s deputies. The motion requests that the Sheriff prepare a plan within four months to equip all patrol deputies with body-worn cameras.
“Today’s action signals the Board’s commitment to making whatever investments are necessary to minimize the unnecessary loss of life and to heal tension between law enforcement and the community. Body worn cameras protect our officers and members of the public, and they must be implemented without delay while utilizing best practices and input from the County District Attorney, Public Defender, Alternate Public Defender, Office of Inspector General and LA County Sheriff’s Department,” said Supervisor Hilda L. Solis.
“Concern about police use of force is very high. We need to better address allegations of misconduct and increase public trust of law enforcement. I believe use of body-worn cameras will help move us in that direction,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
In September 2014, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) initiated a volunteer pilot program to test body-worn camera systems in four areas in the County, and currently permits deputies to use privately purchased body-worn cameras as well. The Office of the Inspector General monitored the Sheriff’s voluntary pilot and has concluded that video recording is a critical component of modern urban policing.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 12, 2016
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