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New Policy Will Hold Officers Accountable

Following months of scandal and numerous claims of abuse from the public, the San
Diego Police Department is taking steps to prevent police misconduct by implementing a
policy that will require officers to wear body cameras while on duty.

The Department will introduce 75 cameras into rotation as soon as officers have been
formally trained on the devices, with 225 additional cameras expected to be in rotation by
August 2014.

Similar to the dashboard cameras currently used by the California Highway Patrol during
traffic stops, the body cameras would record a continuous 30-second loop, so that when
an officer activates the device, images of what occurred immediately prior to the contact
would be available.

Groups such as the ACLU are applauding the efforts of the SDPD, but many have voiced
concerns that there are no disciplinary actions currently laid out for an officer who
violates his or her duties to activate the camera during a contact.

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman has assured the public that she will be
keeping a watchful eye. “If the officer makes a terrible decision that they’re not going to
record an enforcement contact, once this training phase is over then they will absolutely
be subject to disciplinary procedures,” Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman is the first female police chief in San Diego history. She took over in March
following William Lansdowne

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New Policy Will Hold Officers Accountable

Following months of scandal and numerous claims of abuse from the public, the San
Diego Police Department is taking steps to prevent police misconduct by implementing a
policy that will require officers to wear body cameras while on duty.

The Department will introduce 75 cameras into rotation as soon as officers have been
formally trained on the devices, with 225 additional cameras expected to be in rotation by
August 2014.

Similar to the dashboard cameras currently used by the California Highway Patrol during
traffic stops, the body cameras would record a continuous 30-second loop, so that when
an officer activates the device, images of what occurred immediately prior to the contact
would be available.

Groups such as the ACLU are applauding the efforts of the SDPD, but many have voiced
concerns that there are no disciplinary actions currently laid out for an officer who
violates his or her duties to activate the camera during a contact.

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman has assured the public that she will be
keeping a watchful eye. “If the officer makes a terrible decision that they’re not going to
record an enforcement contact, once this training phase is over then they will absolutely
be subject to disciplinary procedures,” Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman is the first female police chief in San Diego history. She took over in March
following William Lansdowne

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