Body Worn Cameras

Body Worn Camera Policy

As your Sheriff, I promised to Reform, Rebuild, and Restore the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  As part of this commitment, I have implemented a body worn camera program as a means to ensure we perform our duties in a manner that provides equal protection of all persons in our communities and transparency.  Body worn cameras provide the opportunity to record interactions between law enforcement and the public.  They also add a new measure in achieving fair and impartial treatment of persons who become involved in the criminal justice system.  Body worn cameras will provide increased opportunity to review our performance following critical incidents, reduce force and complaints, reduce allegations of misconduct, showcase exemplary work, and provide additional evidence in criminal matters.

This week, after a lengthy and thorough negotiation, the Department has contracted with Axon for the next 5 years to outfit all field deputies with body worn cameras.  We expect to deploy 5,248 body cameras department wide over the next 18 months.  In approximately 60 days, body cameras will be deployed to the first five stations: Century Station, Lakewood Station, Lancaster Station, West Hollywood Station, and Industry Station.  Compton Station, East Los Angeles Station, and remaining stations will soon follow.

Network and infrastructure upgrades are continuing at each patrol station.  This will allow field personnel to upload, display, and process body worn camera footage without network delays.  Department wide training will soon be conducted to train all field personnel on the use of body worn cameras along with the department’s policy and procedures.  Training of our employees is critical to the success of the program, and on-going evaluation of the policies, along with measures for success both internally and externally.

Sincerely,

ALEX VILLANUEVA, SHERIFF

Documentation

LASD Term Contract for Body Worn Cameras Program, August 31, 2020.

Keywords: body worn camera and digital evidence management system.

Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors, regarding Response to Office of Inspector General’s Third Report Back on Implementing Body Worn Cameras In Los Angeles County, June 22, 2020.

Keywords: report, office of inspector general, body worn camera program, bwc program,  deploying cameras, budget request, provisional finance uses, fiscal year 2019-20, infrastructure equipment, policy, bwc policy manual of policy and procedures.

Timeline of the Body Worn Camera Procurement Process.
This document outlines the stages experienced for the implementation of BWC’s.

Keywords: body worn camera program, bwc program,  deploying cameras, budget request, provisional finance uses, fiscal year 2019-20, infrastructure equipment, policy, bwc policy manual of policy and procedures.

LETTER FROM PRIOR SHERIFF TO CEO – FEBRUARY 20, 2018

This letter effectively suspended the “rollout of a BWC program.”  Additionally, the former sheriff declined engaging an expert consultant, with community engagement, as recommended by the Board, citing budgetary and staffing issues.

Keywords: report, office of inspector general, CEO, body worn camera program, bwc program,  deploying cameras, budget request, provisional finance uses, fiscal year 2019-20, infrastructure equipment, policy, bwc policy manual of policy and procedures.

RESPONSE TO OIG THIRD REPORT BACK ON IMPLEMENTING BWC IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY – JUNE 22, 2020

This letter corrects the numerous factual inconsistencies made by the OIG’s most recent report back to the BOS.

Keywords: report, office of inspector general, body worn camera program, bwc program, deploying cameras, budget request, provisional finance uses, fiscal year 2019-20, infrastructure equipment, policy, bwc policy manual of policy and procedures.

FORMER SHERIFF’S PLAN TO IMPLEMENT BWCS – OCTOBER 10, 2017

This document shows the bloated $55M per year boondoggle the former sheriff submitted to the BOS and CEO, but failed to implement.

Keywords: report, office of inspector general, body worn camera program, bwc program, deploying cameras, budget request, provisional finance uses, fiscal year 2019-20, infrastructure equipment, policy, bwc policy manual of policy and procedures.

FORMER SHERIFF’S PLAN TO IMPLEMENT BWCS – OCTOBER 10, 2017

This document shows the bloated $55M per year boondoggle the former sheriff submitted to the BOS and CEO, but failed to implement.

Keywords: report, office of inspector general, body worn camera program, bwc program, deploying cameras, budget request, provisional finance uses, fiscal year 2019-20, infrastructure equipment, policy, bwc policy manual of policy and procedures.

FORMER SHERIFF’S PLAN TO IMPLEMENT BWCS – OCTOBER 10, 2017

This document shows the bloated $55M per year boondoggle the former sheriff submitted to the BOS and CEO, but failed to implement.

Keywords: report, office of inspector general, body worn camera program, bwc program, deploying cameras, budget request, provisional finance uses, fiscal year 2019-20, infrastructure equipment, policy, bwc policy manual of policy and procedures.