LIVERMORE (CBS SF) — All 87 Livermore police officers have been issued body cameras, department officials said Tuesday.
Livermore police spokesman Officer Ryan Sanchez said today that many law enforcement agencies locally and across the nation are starting to use body cameras, but he believes Livermore is the only agency in Alameda County to issue them to all of its officers.
President Barack Obama has encouraged police departments to use body cameras in the wake of recent incidents across the country in which officers have killed unarmed suspects.
Sanchez said Livermore’s use of the cameras, which began on April 13, will allow officers to document incidents and interactions and obtain evidence during investigations.
He said the department will be able to review the video footage to analyze critical incidents and as a tool to keep officers well-trained and prepared.
In addition, the footage can be used when complaints are filed…
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