Fairfield police add body-worn video cameras

By From page A5 | February 19, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Police are now using VIEVU Body Worn Video Cameras – secure, high-resolution video cameras about the size of a pager.

The Fairfield Police Department’s use of body camera technology will enhance officer safety, reduce liability, assist prosecution and case resolution as well as further promote professionalism and accountability, Lt. Stephen Crane said in a press release.

Body-worn video cameras are being used department-wide, including the Patrol Division, Traffic Unit and the Special Operations Team. More than 100 cameras are now deployed.

More than 3,000 law enforcement agencies in more than 15 countries use the cameras that record audio and video, according to Crane.

Fairfield police officers in 2013 managed more than 91,000 incidents, made more than 4,400 arrests and seized 233 firearms. During 2013, 23 Fairfield police officers were assaulted during the performance of their duties, Crane said in the release. Eleven formal citizen complaints were filed in 2013 against Fairfield police officers, almost a 50 percent decline from 2012.

A study sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police found 90-plus percent of police misconduct allegations, in which video is available, resulted in the officer’s exoneration, according to Crane. The study also reflected that about 50 percent of complaints are immediately withdrawn when video evidence is used.

Ninety-five police officers were killed in the nation during 2012 in the line of duty. Forty-eight of those officers were killed in felonies and 47 died as a result of accidents related to the performance of duty, Crane noted. A total of 52,901 police officers were assaulted in 2012 during the performance of their duties.

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  • Beat up by ffpdFebruary 18, 2014 - 12:17 am

    Yea they mght b wearing these cameras and they say its for citizen protection as well but wen i got beat up by the cops a couple weeks back they told me the cameras are not all on soooooo how is that for our protection its for their convience i would say

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  • RodneyFebruary 18, 2014 - 1:07 am

    Of course the cameras are not gonna be working when your getting a beat down by FFPD. Unless they are required to turn them on with every contact, its not gonna be helping us out. Better get one of those gizmos that they got for your own use,never know when your next run in is gonna happen.

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  • TDMFebruary 18, 2014 - 9:29 am

    Here's an idea for you two geniuses, don't put yourself in a situation where you even have to engage with the police. In other words don't break the law just in case I wasn't clear.

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  • Skeptic ScroogeFebruary 18, 2014 - 4:23 am

    Agreed! Needs to be required with every contact. Especially the ugly bald white old loud egg. Most ffpd is great, too bad a rotten egg makes the whole house smell.

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  • Fairfield ResidentFebruary 18, 2014 - 7:43 am

    For what?! So they can turn then off when they use excesive force like FFPD loves to do? Make the streets safer instead of wasting time on this

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  • just a thoughtFebruary 18, 2014 - 8:52 am

    Way to show your pride "Beat up by ffpd"! Im sure you are an outstanding member of this community and were needlessly attacked while minding your own business. Yeah thats what happened. Instead of thinking about what you may have done wrong lets go ahead and shift focus on whether or not the officer had a camera on. The ignorance in Fairfield is here to stay folks.

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  • The MisterFebruary 18, 2014 - 9:02 am

    Here's another thought: After they closed down West Texas St, my friends and I were held at gun point, extracted from a coffeeshop, and detained. We are all law-abiding, respectful and mature gentlemen, yet we were treated this way because that is the police method for dealing with most every situation... exhibit/use force and then investigate. This militarized method of local law enforcement is dangerous to the citizens as well as the cops. If the cameras are a constant reminder to the cops that (hopefully) they are accountable for their actions, then cameras are a good thing for the people. My advice for citizens is to always record any encounter with the police... you're doing them a favor just in case they forget to turn their camera on.

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  • CD BrooksFebruary 18, 2014 - 12:35 pm

    The Mister, if your attitude is anywhere close to the one you project here, I am not surprised at all that you'd be detained. I am in fact a "law-abiding, respectful and mature gentleman" myself and even though some of my friends may not have the same "social skills," I've never encountered problems like that.

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  • The MisterFebruary 18, 2014 - 2:39 pm

    Seedy, I had never encountered "problems" like that... until I did.

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  • Beat up by ffpdFebruary 18, 2014 - 9:53 am

    The ffpd likes to beat people up and for no reason should a police officer break the law to enforce the law period

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  • boomFebruary 18, 2014 - 10:34 am

    Mark my words; You will now hear about 'camera malfunction' 'did not engage camera during pursuit' and all sorts of cover up quotes by the information officer. And you WILL never have an officer involved shooting on tape because "due to the speed with which the incident occurred, the officer was unable to 'engage his camera' before he shot the suspect" I said it when they bought these things months ago, you need a camera that is activated to turn on as soon as the officer gets out of his vehicle and turns off as soon as he enters in his vehicle. That is the only way this type of technology is useful to the public-Not if the people we suspect of abuse are allowed to run the cameras!

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  • JusticeFebruary 18, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Just a reminder. They have been using audio recorders for years. It seems like the recorder somehow malfunctions right when the defendant allegedly confesses. They wont work because the officer has the decision when to use them

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  • Legend1949February 19, 2014 - 7:34 am

    So Is there a place you guys all get together for breakfast and write this script?

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