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    Body Worn Camera Pilot Program

    The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) is implementing a Body Worn Camera (BWC) Pilot Program.  Beginning September 12, 2016 select Police Officers and uniformed civilian personnel will be outfitted with these cameras.  The introduction of BWC technology will assist the Police Department in collecting documentary evidence for criminal investigations and administrative investigations while enabling the Department to identify areas for growth and improvement, and commendatory actions. 

    Following the six-month period, a comprehensive and measured evaluation will be undertaken to assess the Pilot Program's effectiveness in terms of legislative requirements, the needs of the Police Department, and community expectations.   To maximize the value of this pilot program, the Santa Monica Police Department is working with a research team from California State University Fullerton to evaluate the body-worn camera technology, its effectiveness, the best practices for handling the images obtained, to determine the overall effectiveness of the policies governing the operation of the devices, and to assess changes in behavior brought about by the presence of these cameras

    In an effort to best obtain the community's perspectives regarding our BWC Pilot Program, SMPD will be seeking public participation in our program surveys.  Interested community members may participate in the BWC survey in English or Spanish.

    Watch a video from Chief Seabrooks in English or Spanish.

    Santa Monica Police Department Body Worn Camera Pilot Program policy

    Frequently Asked Questions

    For additional information please contact the following information line (310) 458-8400  

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