Elk Grove Police to Purchase, Equip Officers With Body Cameras

December 4, 2015 |

The Elk Grove Police Department is moving forward with plans to purchase and equip patrol officers with body cameras.

The department is seeking the Elk Grove City Council's approval to dispense with competitive bidding and purchase up to $130,000 in body cameras from Enforcement Video LLC, doing business as WatchGuard Video. The department notes that WatchGuard is also the current vendor for in-car camera systems, making integration of the in-car and body-worn camera technologies seamless.

In the months following shooting deaths of unarmed African-American male suspects in Ferguson, Mo., and Charleston, S.C., a national push to equip police officers with body cameras to document law enforcement's interactions with the public has grown. Aside from the call to documented encounters, a debate is simmering who and how the video recordings will be accessed. 

The item was placed on the consent calendar portion of next Wednesday's regular city council meeting agenda. 

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Lenny Briscoe said...

Glad to see the Police Department is proactive rather than reactive in this matter.

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