LAPD Rolls Out On-Officer Body Cameras at Mission Police Station
Posted by Councilmember Englander on September 04, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Today, I was proud to stand with Mayor Eric Garcetti, Chief Charlie Beck and Police Commission President Steve Soborff to launch the first roll out of on-officer body cameras at Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Community Police Station.
This roll out follows the successful field study of a variety of body cameras which I asked LAPD to conduct in September of 2013. After several months of testing, Mayor Garcetti announced in December of last year that that the City of Los Angeles will fund 7,000 cameras in next year’s budget. Los Angeles will become the first major city in the United States to outfit all of its officers with body cameras. This is a bold step by the City’s public safety leadership toward greater transparency for our officers and for the communities they serve.
As a Police Reserve officer and Chair of the Public Safety Committee, I have seen firsthand the increasingly transformative effect technology is having on policing. New camera technologies in particular are playing an expanding role in the day to day activities of police officers and proving to be a valuable tool in increasing their effectiveness, ensuring their safety, resolving potentially controversial encounters, and solidifying the public’s trust in our police force.
These cameras will revolutionize policing as we know it, not just for Los Angeles but nationwide. The same way the bullet proof vest quickly became a tool for every officer, these cameras and their ever-advancing technology will be an everyday tool to protect our officers and the public.
-Mitchell Englander, Chair of the Public Safety Committee
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