I believe this is going to be great for law enforcement. People tend to act a little better when they know they are being watched. It will inevitably ensure police remain professional. On the other hand, it will save likely millions for San Diego because they can combat accusations against police.
San Diego police officers began training Monday on using body cameras mounted on their chest, collar and glasses.
The cameras come in light of allegations of criminal activity and sexual misconduct against officers over the past several months. San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said the cameras will serve as a safeguard for the times when these allegations arise.
“It’s all about public trust,” she said. “Not only does it hold the officer accountable, it also holds the public accountable.”
The body cameras – which will be first rolled out in the Central, South Eastern and Mid-City divisions — will always be on, and an officer will begin recording each time he or she makes contact with someone.
The first 75 cameras can be used as soon as officers are trained and the ports have been wired at the divisions.
Then, 225 additional cameras are expected to be rolled out in July or August, Zimmerman said.
The one exception to using the cameras will be when an officer makes contact with some child victims or victims of sex crimes who require the necessary privacy.
What happens if an officer decides not to hit record on his body camera?
“If the officer makes a terrible decision that they’re not going to record an enforcement contact, once this training phase is over then they will absolutely be subject to disciplinary procedures,” Zimmerman said.