“(It will) make officers and probably civilians a lot more courteous to each other”, Deputy Chief James Harvey told FOX 13.
Before buying the cameras, the Police Department will develop policies that match Oregon law.
“We’ve been researching them for quite a while already”, Beach said.
The Glendale and Peoria police departments are two of four Valley agencies receiving federal grant money for body cameras, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona announced Tuesday.
St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith cited the Rialto data in documents presented to the city council last month, supporting a body camera program.
Sgt. Brian Edwards with the Waynesboro Police Department said this is a great thing for both the department and the community.
Calls for body cameras and in-car video increased after the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man by an officer and the shooting death of a Memphis police officer earlier this year. Police officers have expressed worries regarding cameras potentially undermining the strong connection officers are attempting to build and maintain with residents.
Critics point to small sample sizes, too-short time frames and the need for more study.
Sure, statistics decline compared with previous years, he says, but it’s irresponsible to pinpoint causes.
Department policy also will address when the cameras must be turned on and which interactions are to be recorded.
Also like other open records that are subject to redaction, certain video images – such as those of juveniles or sexual assault victims – would also be redacted, she said. “The bottom line is it’s a positive thing”. The city of Eugene must match the grant in order for the department to get the cameras and storage for the video.
Many community leaders believe that having officers wear body cameras, will reduce the use of force and clear up questions about disputed encounters. “The police officers are on video – so their behavior is better”. They estimate that the program will cost $697,088 annually.