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Salinas Police Department Wins Grant to Buy Body Cameras

December 1, 2014 2:19 pm

SALINAS, CA– The Salinas Police Department will be able to move forward with its plan to equip officers with body worn cameras, thanks to a $100,000 grant by the nonprofit Monterey Peninsula Foundation.

“We are delighted and grateful to receive this generous gift from the Foundation”, Police Chief Kelly McMillin said. “Body worn cameras are a proven tool for supporting accuracy, accountability and transparency. Those are critical priorities for us, for the public and for the all-important relationship between us.”

The Chief has been wanting to buy body cameras for the department ever since he was appointed to his current role in 2011, but was prevented by the severe budget constraints faced by both the Department and the City.

“We’re primarily looking for reliability, resolution, security and cost-effectiveness,” said Commander Mike Groves, whose duties include forensic technology. “We’ve been testing alternatives for about three months, so we’re already well on our way. We expect to take a recommendation to the City Council within the next two to three months.”

Body worn cameras attach to an officer’s uniform and record everything he or she does during an interaction with a member of the public. The recording is then transferred to a secure server after the officer’s shift. In order to protect both evidence integrity and the public’s privacy rights, access to the footage is tightly controlled, and no one is able to access or alter it unnoticed.