Wyly Wade

Video cameras reduce use of force by police by 60%

Rialto Police Department (California)

During a 12 month trial of police wearing video cameras in Rialto, CA the use of force dropped by 60% and complaints against officers dropped by 88% William A. Farrar, the police chief in Rialto, Calif., has been investigating whether officers’ use of video cameras can bring measurable benefits to relations between the police and civilians. Officers in Rialto, which has a population of about 100,000, already carry Taser weapons equipped with small video cameras that activate when the weapon is armed, and the officers have long worn digital audio recorders.


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