A representative from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that deputies are now wearing body cameras.
The body cameras were deployed in early-April, according to a report by Patch.com. The Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department said it will take up to a year to have the entire department outfitted with the recording devices.
Body cameras have become increasingly popular among law enforcement agencies throughout California. A growing number of departments are using them and many others are currently evaluating makes, models and service providers.
The body cameras record both audio and video and they’re designed to increase associability for law enforcement and the public. The devices can record up to 12 hours of footage in between charging.
When a deputy enters a private residence and they intend to record, they are required to get consent. If the deputy is on the street, or if they are recording in a public place, it is suggested, but not required, that the deputy let people know they are recording.
Original article: Santa Clara Sheriff’s Deputies Begin Using Body Cameras