Thursday, August 22, 2013
From the New York Times:
Rialto has become the poster city for this high-tech measure intended to police the police since a federal judge last week applauded its officer camera program in theruling that declared New York’s stop-and-frisk program unconstitutional. Rialto is one of the few places where theimpact of the cameras has been studied systematically.
In the first year after the cameras were introduced here in February 2012, the number of complaints filed against officers fell by 88 percent compared with the previous 12 months. Use of force by officers fell by almost 60 percent over the same period.
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William A. Farrar, the Rialto police chief, believes the cameras may offer more benefits than merely reduced complaints against his force: the department is now trying to determine whether having video evidence in court has also led to more convictions.
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“When you put a camera on a police officer, they tend to behave a little better, follow the rules a little better,” Chief Farrar said. “And if a citizen knows the officer is wearing a camera, chances are the citizen will behave a little better.”