Oxnard approves phase I police body camera program funding

erectile arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>By Dan Pinedo & George Miller

Tonight, Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams presented a request to recognize $322,229 in State Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Fund (SLESF) for Citizens Option for Public Safety (COPS) program, to pay for the foundational infrastructure  for the body camera programs along with replacing old computer hardware

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Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams presents body camera funding request at 11-10-15 Council meeting. Photo: Dan Pinedo.

Chief Williams has been a strong supporter of body cameras for the department to improve transparency, help prompt best behavior and protect officers who are unjustly accused of misdeeds on the job. She gave credit to Asst Chief Benites and others for pulling the program together.

There is  still a host of issues to be resolved such as privacy, archive management, uptime, maintenance and program discipline. This is a good start.

 

Read from 11-10 meeting agenda

3. SUBJECT: Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Fund.  (461)
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Recognize $322,229 in grant revenue from the State Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Fund (SLESF) for Citizens Option for Public Safety (COPS) Program; and 2) Approve a budget appropriation in the amount of $322,229 for foundational infrastructure for a body-worn camera program as well as computer hardware replacement in the Police Department.
Legislative Body: CC Contact: Jeri Williams Phone: 385-7801

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Dan Pinedo  is a Citizen-journalist and George Miller, Publisher of CJ, are active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard. 

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