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Body Cameras Expected For Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies By July

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors announced Thursday that Sheriff’s Department deputies are expected to start receiving body-worn cameras in July, officials said.

The rollout of the body-worn camera program that is expected to ensure greater accountability of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is on target for mid-to-late July, following months of back-and-forth collaborative efforts between the County and the Sheriff’s Department, according to the supervisors.

The Sheriff’s Department is set to be able to equip 5,200 deputies and security officers with devices over the next two years utilizing the nearly $35 million that the Board of Supervisors set aside last year specifically dedicated to this program, according to a statement released by the board.

“In discussions about law enforcement accountability and greater transparency, which, frankly, come amid nationwide unrest over police brutality and use of deadly force, implementation of body-worn cameras must be a priority for LASD,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, in a statement Tuesday.

Ridley-Thomas made a motion back in 2012 for the LASD to implement body-worn cameras, according to the supervisor’s office.

The Los Angeles County Internal Services Department has been working with representatives from the Sheriff’s Department on the solicitation and negotiations with proposed vendors since October 2019, according to the county.

During that time, both departments worked closely to review various proposals and onboard the selected vendor to supply the Department with the long-awaited cameras and technology to support this program, according to officials.

Thus far, the Sheriff’s Department has received approximately $8 million dollars to begin the infrastructure work needed at the patrol stations designated for the initial rollout, according to the supervisors.

Although the board has announced that cameras are expected to start being given out in July, Sheriff Villanueva has not released any comment as of Friday afternoon.

The Board of Supervisors has prioritized greater transparency and accountability from the Sheriff’s Department for several years, developing key policy initiatives and identifying appropriate funding and staffing to allow for the swift implementation and operation of the body-worn camera program, according to officials.

The board’s history of steadfast support in making this program a reality included the following:

Approved a motion authored by Ridley-Thomas to implement the recommendations on the need to curb excessive uses of force, which included the use of body-worn cameras, as part of the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence in 2012.

The board also approved subsequent motions, according to Ridley-Thomas’ office.

Enlisted the help of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) in September 2015 for a detailed analysis of the proposed body-worn camera policy prompting the County to begin a lengthy process of assessing the cost of such a program.

Directed the Sheriff to implement the body-worn camera program and appointed the OIG to monitor implementation in September 2019.

Engaged the OIG and Civilian Oversight Commission (COC) to give specific feedback to update and strengthen policies that would enhance the use and efficacy of body-worn Cameras, such as the review and release of camera footage.

The Civilian Oversight Commission and the Inspector General have also given specific feedback and recommendations to the Sheriff’s Department on how to improve the proposed policies on body-worn cameras, around topics such as the reviewing and releasing of camera footage, aimed at bolstering community trust in this new technology.

These issues remain unaddressed, according to the supervisors.

Once the implementation takes effect next month, the Sheriff’s Department is expected to have the responsibility to roll out body-worn cameras with monitoring and input from both the OIG and COC.

The board is “grateful” that after many years of persistent effort, body-worn cameras will be implemented by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, according to the supervisors.

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Body Cameras Expected For Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies By July

6 comments

  1. Can’t believe it took SOO long to make this happen! It’s about time! We need to keep law enforcement honest, you know!

  2. Absolutely!! Also end qualified immunity for all law enforcement.

  3. We love our LEOs! The cameras will be helpful for the officers who are falsely accused. It is a win win for the police officers. Watch how many truths are uncovered and helpful to our mistreated police officers. 💙🇺🇸

    • Whitney I’m right there with you!!! We need to stand for our law enforcement…they’re targets of the left and their democrat/newMarxist’s party..a bunch of whiners who can’t take a dodgeball hitting them on the playground so how are they going to handle their own protection? I guess when you live on cotton balls wanting to be treated like fragile eggs when your egg is getting cooked who are they going to call? Ghost Busters? Or better yet..those social workera that’s right..while us wise ones depend on our great officers. That’s why I pay taxes and chose to live in a civilized society free of crime and why SCV is #6 top safest city of its size in the nation. How’s this..you don’t want police..go live in a city with no police and when you can’t function at work or your children can’t perform in school because you’ve had to stay up all night and guard your own home not from the good humans but the bad bullies..perhaps you’ll reconsider how great police in a whole are for our society. If you can’t come to the table and be honest about what’s at stake we will say it over and over- don’t mess with my police department!

      Camera’s will protect our police from them. And we thank them for their show against the BLM PROTESTS THAT HOPED TO TOPPLE OUR CITY! Thank you thank you thank you..🇺🇸

    • ROFL!
      Watch how many rogue cops finally get their due and get arrested themselves for having so many instances of abuses of power and violence against innocent people and finally, on like their 15th offense, they finally get their due from IA! Now we need to work on making sure these criminals don’t get to collect their pensions, either!

  4. Finally, The Board was forced to do this. The Sheriff’s have wanted them and there has been 35 million for them since Oct. 2019 . Thank You Sheriff !!!

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Louie was born and raised in Santa Clarita. At the age of two Louie lost his vision due to a brain tumor. However, Louie doesn't let blindness stop him from doing what ever it is he wants to accomplish. Growing up some of his favorite hobbies were wood working, fishing and riding bikes. Louie graduated from College of the Canyon in December of 2017, with a Broadcast Journalism degree. Growing up Louie has always wanted to be a fire fighter or a police officer, but because of his blindness Louie knew that wouldn't work. Louie has always loved listening to police and fire radio traffic, using a scanner, and he figured if he was going to listen to the scanner so much, he should do something with it.