On-Officer Cameras Approved for the City of Los Angeles
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM
This week, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the contract for on-body cameras for all Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers.
As a Police Reserve Officer and Chair of the Public Safety Committee I have seen first hand the transformative effect technology is having on policing. Outfitting 7,000 officers with body cameras is a paradigm shift in the way we police our City.
This initiative, the largest implementation of its kind, will increase accountabililty and transparency, protect our officers and the public, and reduce the incidence of use of force. An ongoing cost-benefit analysis study being conducted by the City, shows that body cameras are a powerful de-escalation tool that will save the City millions of dollars in reduced legal defense costs, avoid complaints, and free up officers for patrol.
I am proud to have been a champion of this initiative over the last 3 years and want to thank my Council colleages, Mayor Garcetti, and the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners for their support.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District