The Oakland Police Department, which has required police officers to wear body cameras for the past 4 years, found itself ahead of the curve this week after President Barack Obama proposed to spend $263 million to improve policing nationwide, including $75 million to purchase body cameras.
According to Reginald Lyles in Mayor Jean Quan’s office, the City of Oakland and federal Monitor Robert Warshaw have required all officers to wear cameras.
“The mayor and the Oakland Police Officers Association are on board with the cameras,” Lyles said.
However, purchasing the equipment is only the first step in the process. Each officer’s video camera must be operational, not broken, and be turned on during an incident.
To ensure that the policy is implemented, Chief Sean Whent has held training sessions and has threatened officers with severe discipline if their body cameras are not utilized.