Ever since the controversial shooting death of Michael Brown Ferguson in
Missouri, people across the country have been calling for police officers
to be equipped with body cameras. Proponents say that the devices would
provide an unbiased accounting of how the police interact with the American people.
On the other hand, opponents are concerned about the costs involved, the
practicality of the devices, human error, and protecting people’s
privacy. The issue of wearing body cameras is a sensitive subject, and
should be approached with care.
Body Cameras Provide Accountability
For police officers and the public, body cameras provide accountability
for both sides. If encounters are being recorded for potential evidence,
there’s a good chance that both sides will be on their best behavior.
A year-long study conducted by Police Foundation Executive Fellow Chief
Tony Farrar on body cameras with the police department in Rialto, California,
found that the incidents involving force dropped by more than 50% when
the cameras were rolling.
Though body cameras have some compelling benefits, especially when it comes
to police brutality, experts warn about the pitfalls associated with privacy
loss, which raises serious concerns for both law enforcement officers
and criminal defendants.
DUI, domestic violence, or something else, cameras present strong pros and
many sticky cons. The general consensus believes that the adoption of
body cameras by the police should be handled with caution.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department Tests Body Cameras
On Monday, June 01, 2015, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department
began testing body cameras, according to the Association of Orange County
Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said that
eight deputies were chosen to wear body cameras for a four-week test in Stanton.
The department has conducted other body camera tests, with the intention
of getting feedback from their deputies, said Hallock. The tests were
mostly conducted in South Orange County. Currently, body cameras are being
used in Anaheim and Fullerton.
A date has not been set for the full implementation of body cameras in
Orange County. Time, trial and error will tell how they will affect the
recording of traffic stops, field sobriety tests, and DUI arrests.
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