This post has been updated.
When should an officer be allowed to review body camera footage? Before writing an incident report or after?
The San Diego Sheriff’s Department is set to start a 90-day test period for body-worn cameras next month. To prepare for the trial run, the department formulated a set of policies for the use of the cameras and the footage they capture. Last fall, the county’s Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board, an independent oversight body that investigates complaints against county sheriff’s deputies and probation officers, reviewed the proposed policies and suggested three changes.
At the top of the list: Don’t allow deputies to review camera footage before writing reports.