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San Diego Police Body Camera Report: Fewer Complaints, Less Use of Force

March 19, 2015  | 

The use of body cameras by San Diego police has led to fewer complaints by residents and less use of force by officers, according to a city report released Wednesday, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Complaints have fallen 40.5% and use of "personal body" force by officers has been reduced by 46.5% and use of tear gas by 30.5%, according to the report developed by the Police Department for the City Council's Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee.

By year's end, the department plans to have nearly 1,000 officers equipped with the small cameras, including patrol officers, gang-unit officers and motorcycle officers. Currently, 600 officers have the cameras.

The department began testing the use of body cameras in January 2014, two months before city leaders called for an audit of the department's managerial practices by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The report from that audit was released Tuesday. Among its recommendations was that the department give body cameras to its officers.

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David B @ 3/23/2015 2:54 PM

What about number of arrests? Up or down? Number of traffic stops? Up or down? What about number of stops for suspicious activity? Percentage of solved crimes compared to last year? Give us the whole picture.

kevCopAz @ 3/31/2015 6:25 PM

David,you hit it on the head! I will bet that all (arrests/detentions/tickets etc) are all way down. Officers are human, if its safer to be less aggressive and stay out of "trouble" ,even if what they do is later found to be ok, they will take the safe way out. Combine the way society has jumped all over cops, blamed them for just about all ills of society AND add that they were be on film and each and every minor mistake will be reviewed and second guessed the end result will be less aggressive police work. Why in the world would even a good officer risk being aggressive and do on view contacts and rick all that B.S.? Ofc Wilson lost his career, and he was proved to have done absolutely nothing wrong. The rule of the day will be "let it go, its not worth it...just look the other way of just take the report... go home, wait to retire" the safe way out. Sad but bet it is and will continue to happen. The public will be the ones who lose in the end, and the criminals will benefit.

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