Californians Overwhelmingly Support Body Cameras for Law Enforcement, Study Says

According to a new survey, 81 percent of residents said that both citizens and law enforcement officials would benefit from the use of body-worn cameras.

by / April 3, 2017

A new survey from Accenture confirms that nearly all Californians believe it’s beneficial to equip police officers with body-worn cameras.

Not shown in the infographic below, 95 percent of state residents who responded said they think it would be beneficial to equip police officers with body-worn cameras, with four-in-five residents (81 percent) feeling that both citizens and law enforcement officials would benefit from their use. Only 5 percent of respondents believe that use of body-worn cameras would not be beneficial in any way.

“This survey confirms the findings of other recent studies. U.S. citizens are supportive of police use of new digital technologies to enhance policing and public safety efforts in their communities,” said Jody Weis, who leads Accenture’s Public Safety business in North America.

The study polled 1,000 people in Accenture’s California #StatePulse survey.

An increasing number of police and sheriff’s departments and other law enforcement entities in California are equipping their personnel with body-worn cameras. The city of Sacramento, for example, is slated to have body cameras fully deployed this fall, while the city of Los Angeles reportedly will spend more than $57 million to outfit 7,000 officers by 2017. Many jurisdictions have received grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to implement the programs.

This story was originally published by TechWire.

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