LA County Sheriff’s Department Set to Finally Add Body Cameras

June 17, 2020



L.A. County released a report Tuesday to implement the body cameras in the county, and the rollout has been agreed upon and funded. The sheriff's department requested and received $34.7 million for funding.


Sheriff Alex Villanueva says deputies in Lancaster, South L.A., Lakewood, Industry and West Hollywood will be the first to receive them.


In comments during a Monday town hall with Palmdale and Lancaster residents, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Lancaster would be in the first group of five stations to get the new technology.


Deputies will be required to upload body-worn camera recordings at the end of each shift.


LASD Commander Chris Marks said that if an officer turned off or obscured their camera, they would be required to provide a reason, "so there's no question why suddenly the video goes dark, and then something, you know, terrible happens."


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