Oroville police body cameras, one year later

Dec 14, 2015 4:42 PM by Mega Sugianto

It’s been more than a year since the Oroville Police Department received body cameras.

Assistant Chief of Police, Allen Byers said initially, there were concerns among officers but they have found that the cameras help mitigate complaints that does not have a lot of truth to it.

‘It doesn’t change what we’ve done,” said Byers. Amid police scrutiny in the U.S., Byers said it doesn’t represent his group by any means.

Byers said there are 24 sworn in officers within the Oroville Police Dept., and each of them has a camera. The cameras themselves cost about $800 each, but Byers said majority of the money goes toward managing and storing the video officers’ record—roughly $20,000 for five years.

Typically officers’ record most encounters with citizens, unless they are victims of a sensitive situation—like sexual assaults or domestic violence, said Byers.


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