San Jose police hold meeting to discuss use of body cameras

By Vince Cestone and Philippe Djegal | KRON 4 | Link to Article

Body cameras are coming to the San Jose Police Department, and on Thursday night, the chief of police and other city leaders are meeting with the community to discuss the body-worn cameras and how they will be used.

The meeting happened at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Several dozen people showed up at the 7 p.m. meeting. They were meeting in small groups inside the church.

Along with the police chief, a few council members were there, as well as the Office of the Independent Police Auditor. The police department handed out copies of the body-worn cameras policy.

Last year, about 15 patrol officers volunteered to be a part of a pilot program, getting familiar with the equipment and how to use it.

Now, the department is set to train the rest of the department. The goal, police said, is to give every patrol officer a camera.

The target date to roll the cameras out is sometime this summer, possibly late June, or early July. On Thursday night, the group discussed how long the video’s shot will be stored, which is about a year.

And, they also discussed how these cameras will hopefully lead to greater trust between police and the community.

Both sides hope the cameras bring transparency and accountability to the biggest city in Northern California.