A spokesperson for the San Mateo Police Department has confirmed that the San Mateo Police Department’s body worn camera program has officially been implemented.
The goal of the program, they said, is to increase credibility, transparency, evidence collection and accountability. The cameras will be used to capture contacts and responses to critical incidents and crime.
Planning for the program’s implementation was extensive and included research and beta-testing with three possible vendors. The spokesperson said it wasn’t until after they completed a months-long, agency-specific development and pilot trial, that the program reached full implementation.
San Mateo Police Chief, Susan Manheimer, said the implementation of body worn cameras marks an exciting moment for both the department and the city. It benefits the community, the officers and the department, she said, adding that it’s a win-win for everyone.
It’s also expected that camera footage will assist with the investigation and prosecution of crime.
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