Deputies' body cam plan moves forward - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Deputies' body cam plan moves forward

Posted: Updated:

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to begin taking bids for cameras that sheriff's deputies can wear on their uniforms.

Law enforcement agencies in the San Diego region and across the country are starting to acquire the cameras so that officers can record interactions with the public. Sheriff Bill Gore wrote in his proposal that the devices, sometimes called "body-worn cameras," increase accountability on the part of both officers and the public.

Many agencies that use cameras have seen improvement in officer performance as well as the conduct of the community members who are recorded.

"This is a partnership," Gore said. "The whole purpose is to increase that trust between law enforcement and the communities we serve."

Crime scene recordings can provide investigators, prosecutors and juries with detailed, accurate and compelling evidence, and could be used in training sessions, he said.

Outfitting the department's personnel with the cameras and accessories is expected to cost more than $1 million a year, not including the cost of storing the recordings electronically, according to the sheriff.

Gore's proposal calls for staff to solicit bids from companies for demonstration systems; a vendor would be selected after testing. Policies and procedures regarding the cameras would be vetted before they are field-tested, he said.

"I think this is a great balance between protecting our deputy sheriffs and maintaining the strong trust we have throughout the county," Supervisor Dave Roberts said.

The San Diego Police Department has been outfitting hundreds of its officers with the cameras for nearly a year now.

The SDPD's decision to purchase the devices stemmed from a series of embarrassing incidents in which officers either abused, or were accused of abusing, members of the public.

One of those officers was sentenced to prison for soliciting sexual favors from women he pulled over for alleged drunken driving in the Gaslamp Quarter. Another was jailed after being convicted of illegally detaining four women while on duty.

Police officials are also hoping that the presence of cameras will deter confrontations that lead to controversial shootings like those in New York and Ferguson, Missouri, that sparked nationwide protests, and reduce complaints of alleged racial profiling during vehicle stops.

"The body cameras are extremely helpful," SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman said last week. "We're also hearing from our Independent Citizens Review Board on Police Practices that they're finding the body cameras are very beneficial to finding out exactly what happened (in incidents that led to a complaint)."

She said she would provide initial statistics on the cameras at a City Council committee meeting later this month.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • San Diego dance gamer goes viral

    San Diego dance gamer goes viral

    Saturday, October 20 2018 2:28 AM EDT2018-10-20 06:28:11 GMT

    He is quick. He is focused. Now, video of his fancy footwork has gone viral.

     

    He is quick. He is focused. Now, video of his fancy footwork has gone viral.

     
  • Lion on loan from San Diego Zoo killed at Indianapolis Zoo

    Lion on loan from San Diego Zoo killed at Indianapolis Zoo

    Saturday, October 20 2018 1:41 AM EDT2018-10-20 05:41:57 GMT

    A 10-year-old male lion on loan from the San Diego Zoo was killed at the Indianapolis Zoo by a female lion, zoo officials announced Friday.

     

    A 10-year-old male lion on loan from the San Diego Zoo was killed at the Indianapolis Zoo by a female lion, zoo officials announced Friday.

     
  • Woman, 65, seriously injured in scooter mishap

    Woman, 65, seriously injured in scooter mishap

    Saturday, October 20 2018 1:21 AM EDT2018-10-20 05:21:41 GMT

    A 65-year-old woman was seriously injured Friday when she fell while riding an electric scooter with family members in the Marina area of San Diego.

     

    A 65-year-old woman was seriously injured Friday when she fell while riding an electric scooter with family members in the Marina area of San Diego.

     
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.