As more law enforcement officers strap on body cameras, there’s increasing confusion about the policies behind the practice.
Next month, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department has plans to start testing out body-worn cameras. The department has an interim policy in place, but an oversight group is asking for a few changes before the rules are solidified.
As VOSD contributor Kelly Davis reports, the county’s Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board recommended three key changes to the policy in a letter sent to Sheriff Bill Gore.
The group, an independent oversight board that investigates complaints against sheriff’s deputies and probation officers, says there’s one policy change at the top of its list: Don’t let deputies watch camera footage before writing reports. Why? Because it could influence them to change their reports to fit what unfolds on the footage.