CSUN Police introduce the use of the Body Cameras

CSUN Police

Cal State Northridge’s Police Service has decided to introduce body cameras for its officers. According to Anne Glavin, who is the CSUN Chief of Police, the technology is not something new since it is currently being used in different parts of the country. The department took long to adopt it since it needed to conduct research and also determine the best provider. Officers have been wearing the body cameras since August 28th. Glavin believes that using the technology will give the department some professionalism and also enable it to gain public respect. It assists in boosting the credibility of the officers.

It is necessary for the CSUN Police to assure the students, stakeholders, and the entire campus fraternity that they are transparent and accountable. According to a student leader, Clarissa Rojas, the body camera will enhance credibility between the police and the community. The police department has currently been offered 28 body cameras that are given to sworn police officers. The CSUN Police have successfully implemented the use of the new equipment. Glavin said that he had not faced any resistance from his staff. According to Scott G. VanScoy, the CSUN Police Department Captain, the initial budget of acquiring the camera was about $45,000, but it later grew to $185,000.

The body cameras have top-notch technology that includes the encryption of data such the time that a video was shot. The system corrupts the video file if anyone tries to edit it. VanScoy said that the cameras that the department uses are known as Taser Axon Body 2, and they are fixed at the center of the chest by using a magnet. They have activation buttons that the officers use to turn them on and off. Whenever the camera is recording, it beeps every two minutes to inform the officer that it is still active.

The CSUN Police’s camera is similar to the one that is used by the Los Angeles Police Department. The software is also same as the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, and therefore, it makes it easy to transfer data. The video footage is downloaded to an encrypted system that is based on the cloud. The body cameras will be turned on when the officers are called to duty, but they are usually off during private conversations. Requesting for footage from the cameras is the same as asking for any public records. People have the right to access them except for a few cases.