Here in the City of Los Angles and throughout this country, the use by of body-worn video cameras by law enforcement personnel is being explored, discussed, and in many cases, implemented.
Needless to say, policing is an absolutely crucial service provided to the public, and your thoughts about such cameras may well prove invaluable. The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and the Los Angeles Police Department, as well as the Office of the Inspector General, are seeking community input on the LAPD's body-worn camera policy. Please read the information contained below, and consider participating in the two surveys that are mentioned.
Councilmember Fifth District
The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners is interested in your opinions and comments. Please take a few minutes and respond to the below questions.
1. When should officers turn the camera on and under what circumstances should they turn them off?
2. Are there instances or locations where you believe recordings should not take place?
3. How should the LAPD protect the privacy of those individuals who are recorded on video?
4. Do you believe officers should be able to view the video prior to writing the necessary reports?
5. Do you believe that Department supervisors should regularly review the video captured to ascertain opportunities for improved training?
6. Any other comments you would like to provide and questions you believe the Police Commission should ask the LAPD as the development of the policy is reviewed.
**** Please submit your comments by Friday, January 16, 2015 to the following email address:
The Los Angeles Police Department is also conducting a separate survey on its lapdonline.org website. If you would like to participate in that survey, please click on the link below.
Link to the Survey "Your Thoughts on LAPD use of Body Worn Video"
Thank you for taking the time to provide your input.
Very truly yours,
Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners
Steve Soboroff, President
Paula Madison, Vice-President
Sandra Figueroa-Villa, Commissioner
Kathleen C. Kim, Commissioner
Robert M. Saltzman, Commissioner