Police Chief Perspectives: Body Cameras

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    • 00:01

      [What are the advantages and disadvantages of body cameras?]

    • 00:07

      JERI WILLIAMS: Police officers wearingbody-worn cameras-- I'm absolutely an advocate of that.[Jeri Williams, Chief of Police with the Oxnard PoliceDepartment] But I want the publicto be cautious about the expectation of that.Body cameras are one more tool on the tool belt.Let's see, I have magazines, radio, gun, you name it,I have other things.A body-worn camera can either be worn here,here, or on your head.

    • 00:29

      JERI WILLIAMS [continued]: But just remember that it's only going to capturewhatever this information is.It's only going to be a snippet in time of whereverthat video is mounted.And so there's a totality of the situation thathas to come into play when I'm reviewing the investigationto see if the officer acted appropriatelyor inappropriately.And so what you may see on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube,

    • 00:53

      JERI WILLIAMS [continued]: Facebook, is but a snippet of information of the totalityof that contact.So I think that misconception the public may have aboutbody-worn cameras-- that it's goingto be the savior of all things, that it'sgoing to make sure nothing ever happens with police misconductagain.And I think that caution is, it is one more tool thatwill be advantageous for us to be

    • 01:15

      JERI WILLIAMS [continued]: able to do a couple of things.I think body-worn cameras will make the public behave betterwhen we come in contact with thembecause they will know that we're filming and we're taping.And that's just almost automatic.When people know that you're filming or taping,that there's increased civility.At the same time, though, I do thinkthat officers will behave better, too, because they

    • 01:36

      JERI WILLIAMS [continued]: know that they're videotaping.We were the only agency in Ventura Countyto mandate mandatory audio recording.And we noticed over time that our officers were completelyand totally behaving very well.And that when someone called into filea complaint on an officer saying something or being rude,

    • 01:57

      JERI WILLIAMS [continued]: all we had to do was roll the tape.And so it's increased civility from both the officerside as well as the community member side.But I would venture to guess that people thinkthat the body-worn cameras are goingto be the end-all for everything and we'regoing to get every answer to every question.And the concept is, it's only capturinga certain amount of information for a certain amount of time.

    • 02:18

      JERI WILLIAMS [continued]: So those would be the things I think that the public shouldkeep in mind, that we should keep in mind as law enforcementprofessionals, also.

Police Chief Perspectives: Body Cameras

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Chief of Police Jeri Williams gives her perspective on body cameras. While they increase civility between civilians and police officers, she cautions that they only give a snippet of what is happening.

Police Chief Perspectives: Body Cameras

Chief of Police Jeri Williams gives her perspective on body cameras. While they increase civility between civilians and police officers, she cautions that they only give a snippet of what is happening.

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