Officers in Rialto, California wear body cameras. The city says complaints against officers have since dropped by 88%.
There is still the debate over whether or not officers will just turn the camera off when wanting to hide something that may get them in trouble. On the flip side, having the camera on can prove their innocence if unfairly accused of misconduct.
“When you put a camera on a police officer, they tend to behave a little better, follow the rules a little better,” Rialto’s police chief William A. Farrar recently told the New York Times. “And if a citizen knows the officer is wearing a camera, chances are the citizen will behave a little better.”
Sounds like a win win.