California Highway Patrol to Test Body Cameras Next Year

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Stockton Police Chief Wants Body Cameras for Officers

Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones wants to see body cameras implemented through his whole department.

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California Highway Patrol officers will begin testing body cameras next year under a proposal included in the state budget.

Lawmakers will consider a budget Friday that gives the CHP $1 million to develop policies that address some of the most pressing concerns about law enforcement use of body cameras.

They include protecting the privacy of innocent citizens, how to store and when to publicly release the footage, and whether officers should be allowed to view the video before they write reports.

The CHP would draft a policy by Jan. 1, then a sampling of officers would begin testing the cameras next year in four areas of the state.

Democratic Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer of Los Angeles says he wants the CHP to look for the best practices in all areas.

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