Law enforcement agencies throughout the US have been working toward having all officers and deputies outfitted with body cameras.
A spokesperson for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that they are “very close” to outfitting sworn staff with these types of devices. If all goes as planned, the deputies may be wearing them before the close of 2015.
The department is currently working on developing policies and procedures when it comes to body-cam use, including when the devices should be turned on, what types of cameras will be used and what type of battery-life they’d like them to have.
As with other law enforcement agencies, the VCSD body-cam footage will not be released to the general public. One, it will be considered investigative information and two, there are concerns about privacy rights of the people that deputies are interacting with.
Original article: Sheriff outlines policy for body cams