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updated: Feb 05, 2013, 9:27 AM

HD cameras will be placed on the front windshields of 28 patrol cars, while smaller cameras on the back will monitor suspects being taken into custody.

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 COMMENT 370969 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 10:06 AM

And they will also monitor crappy police behavior should it ever occur. This is great news.


 COMMENT 370998 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 10:54 AM

Absolute travesty! They will only produce videos when its convenient for the cops. Just like the TV stations will cover a chase right up to the point that they get the person out of the car and on the ground, but cut video coverage as soon as the cops jump on the perp. Somebody must have an "in" with the contract award. Nearly $10,000.00 per car! What a rip off!


 COMMENT 371004 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 11:07 AM

Police car video recording follows a SOP. It can be used to show how to interact with the public as a training video. It can also be used in a court both to support the police officer's position or the defendants. I support this purchase.


 COMMENT 371018 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 11:51 AM

(Cough, choke, gasp!) Over $7800 per vehicle?! If they work as intended (whether to prove or dis-prove allegations of misconduct) I suppose it's worth it, but I can't help thinking that 1) it could be done for far, far less $, and 2) that the PD will only make footage available that supports officers claims.


 COMMENT 371020 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 11:53 AM

Actually, these cameras do tend to be expensive and the cost also typically covers installation. They don't just buy your garden variety HD webcam from Costco; they have to meet specific durability requirements and other criteria set forth by police departments.

Is it still a bit much? Yeah, sure. But not entirely ridiculous.


 COMMENT 371022P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 12:11 PM

If these cameras help to protect one officer's life, then they are all well worth the cost.


 COMMENT 371024P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 12:16 PM

Given the amount of money spent (wasted?) on court challenges to DUI and other charges, in the long term, this is probably money well spent. Video/audio evidence tends to be persuasive.


 SACJON agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 12:17 PM

022P - how could a camera protect an officer's life? Sorry to sound harsh but, if a criminal is going to harm an officer, it will only be caught on camera for future use.

Cameras do not protect or save anyone. They are used solely for the purpose of training and/or courtroom evidence.


 COMMENT 371051 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 01:00 PM

It's a good idea. It actually gives more protection to everyone involved in the arrest, traffic stop etc. Very common in larger cities. We live in litigious times.


 COMMENT 371089P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 02:39 PM

SACJON: Protection is provided because miscreants, criminals and such often do not want their deeds recorded on film. Filming is a huge deterrent.


 COMMENT 371107 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 03:25 PM

for those complaining about the cost, I see that you all failed to read the article where it details the various aspects the camera system monitors to be triggered to begin recording, among other things that set it apart from something your average civilian might acquire. these cameras are highly integrated custom jobs, not your average off the shelf GoPro.


 COMMENT 371112 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 03:34 PM

I like how someone always says it will save a cops life!!! The truth is not one cop has been killed in the line of duty in about 100 years around here. Its not a dangerous job period. Way more fishermen and truck drivers die a year. But for some reason they need a tank and gunship helicopters. Last I checked a good helicopter cost 5 million. Must be nice to have cool expensive toys.


 COMMENT 371116P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 03:38 PM

I think it is a really good idea and it will protect both police and citizens who might be unjustly charged. Had there been a camera in the police car for the Peter Lance stop, charges might never have happened (or, alternatively, he might have been found guilty of DUI); similarly, for the stop in Loreto Plaza that created so much attention.


 COMMENT 371132 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 04:12 PM

371116P - The police car in the Loreto incident DID have a camera installed. Had it not had a camera installed the outcome would have been left to the dozens of onlookers who mistakenly thought the cop was using excessive force.


 COMMENT 371150 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 04:30 PM

Ya like that video did not show excessive force? Just because cam sanches said it did not means nothing. Don't for get that is the same guy that got caught lying to a grand jury and nothing happened to him. Is that not illegal to lie to a grand jury?


 COMMENT 371152 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 04:32 PM

112 The facts are that 5 cops in Santa Barbara city alone have died in the line of duty in the last hundred years. The last in the city was H. Thomas Guerry in 1970. He was killed by gunfire. Also several CHP officers have died in SB and Ventura Counties.


 COMMENT 371159P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 04:50 PM

@112, when's the last time you put on a bullet proof vest just to go to work. Why don't you go on a Ride-Along with an SBPD officer through the graveyard shift and see if you feel the same way.


 COMMENT 371172 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 05:09 PM

When was the last time someone that was brave needed a bulletproof vest? Sure I will go on a ride along. But I bet I will fall asleep out of boredom. This town is a retirement home.


 COMMENT 371509 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 03:12 PM

Other than the gangs and maybe a couple of the rougher homeless, I don't see a whole lot of violent crime in this town. Sorry but the cops do come across as a bit of an excessive paramilitary organization for this little town. I think the cameras are a great idea, and well worth the money because they will cut out the BS for both sides. Even the lawyers won't be able to make up as many stories to try to sway the jury. The pictures will be worth a thousand words and at $1000/hour for both attorneys and a judge, they will pay back pretty quick. Hopefully the audio is decent as well.


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