cptau 127 Posted March 30, 2015 Share Posted March 30, 2015 Darn body cameras are ruining the ability to make complaints..... http://www.utsandieg...ncil-committee/ San Diego police wearing body cameras have used less force and seen substantially fewer complaints from the public, according to an in-house report to be presented to a City Council committee Wednesday. The report says that after June, when the cameras were phased into use, officers had 40 percent fewer complaints against them as compared to the first half of the year. Officers used force with some type of weapon 47 percent less often in comparisons over three-month periods, and used chemical agents such as pepper spray 31 percent less often, the report states. “Body-worn camera technology is a win-win for both the officer and the community,” says a summary of the report written by San Diego Police Deputy Chief David Ramirez. “Although only implemented for a relatively short period of time, the results are very promising, showing a reduction in citizen complaints, allegations and a reduction of some use of force applications.” The report is to be given by Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman to the Public Safety and Liveable Neighborhoods Committee, which meets at 2 p.m. at City Hall. Police leaders decided to purchase the video cameras in an effort to restore public trust in a department rocked by numerous officer misconduct cases and lawsuits. By the end of last year, 600 cameras were in use by patrol and gang-suppression officers in some areas of the city. Another 400 cameras will be bought later this year to equip remaining patrol and traffic officers. The Police Department began testing cameras worn on the chest in January 2014. Officers in the Southeastern, Mid-City and Central divisions began wearing the small devices in June. The cameras were phased in over six months as internet service was upgraded to handle the huge amount of video being downloaded daily by officers, the report says. The footage is stored in the cloud and linked to a digital evidence management system. The report says that in the three police divisions using cameras between July and December, total allegations made against officers – including minor complaints – dropped by 60 percent compared to the period from January to June. In the same three police divisions, officer use of force from November of 2013 through January of 2014 was compared to force used from November of 2014 through January of 2015. Reductions were noted in the use of a weapon and in chemical agents, but figures were not given for all types of use of force. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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