The San Benito County Sheriff’s Office is starting the use of body cameras for all deputies in the field and at the jail, according to a statement.
According to information provided by the sheriff’s office:
The San Benito County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce we are deploying Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs) on all our Deputies both in the field and in our jail. The public should expect to see the cameras on the Patrol Deputies beginning this week. The Sheriff’s Office is in the process of implementing a new, comprehensive system for audio and video recording of our interactions with the public and those in our custody.
These measures will ensure we continue to provide quality service and professionalism to all those we serve. Across the nation, BWC’s have proven time and time again to reduce complaints and provide extremely beneficial evidence for prosecution and case management.
Body-Worn Cameras are becoming an industry standard on the street, but it is revolutionary to have them in the jail. By having Body-Worn Cameras in the jail, it makes the entire custodial environment safer. Statistics have shown an inmate is likely to be less violent when the Correctional Deputy is wearing a Body-Worn Camera.
The jail has also upgraded their current security camera system by going from analog to digital, and by adding an additional 22 cameras in and around the perimeter of the jail.
The Body-Worn Cameras will integrate into our established system of in-car cameras, often referred to as dash-cams, that are already in our patrol and custody fleet. The Body-Worn Cameras will not take the place of the in-car cameras; they will instead extend our recording capability away from the vehicle.