(Auburn, CA.) – Today, Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R – Richvale) announced that he secured a $580,000 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant through the Department of Justice for Placer County. The funds will be awarded for a Body-Worn Camera Program. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office will assign Body-Worn Cameras (BWC) to deputies in field operations and to correctional staff for use in both correctional facilities.
In field operations, BWCs will be integrated with patrol deputy and sworn staff vehicles’ in-car camera system so that when the in-car camera system is activated to record video, the BWC will also auto-activate recording and audio capture. When the video incident ends, the cellular wireless router in the vehicle will automatically upload the encrypted video to the secure Watchguard cloud platform for viewing by Placer County Sheriff’s Office personnel and for archiving in line with the retention policy. Uploading video directly from the field will allow patrol deputies to remain a public safety presence longer, rather than requiring them to return to the station in order to upload video.
This funding was secured by Congressman LaMalfa through the FY 22 Appropriations Bill as part of a community grants program.
“I was pleased to secure this funding for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. These cameras will protect both our Sheriff’s officers and the public. Having a clear video record reduces frivolous claims against officers and ensures public transparency. We need to provide the funding and tools need for law enforcement to keep our streets safe. By reducing the amount of time officers need to spend uploading video, this grant will help keep the sheriff’s officers on the street and protecting the public, rather than in the office. Projects like these improve the lives of our citizens and are worthy of federal support,” said Congressman LaMalfa.
“I am grateful for Congressman LaMalfa’s dedication to Placer County Public Safety. His support of our mission and our community are invaluable and a true testament to the value of collaborative relationships with our community leaders. This money will allow us to implement the Body-worn cameras, which are an indispensable tool that will affirm the hard work of our deputies and correctional officers and provide another method of transparency to our community,’ said Sheriff Devon Bell. The sheriff added, “Body-worn cameras have rapidly become the industry standard. I am confident they will provide my staff with the means to continue to operate with the highest level of integrity in accordance with the core values and mission of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. The citizens of Placer County deserve nothing less.”
“I am so proud of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and its deputies who continually display their commitment to excellence and protecting our county residents no matter the cost,” said District 5 Supervisor and Board Chair Cindy Gustafson. “These body worn cameras will allow our deputies to easily share the circumstances of each public encounter ensuring transparency at every level of the investigation.”
“First, I’d like to thank Congressman LaMalfa for securing this funding and recognizing this important program for our citizens and deputies. Our number one priority is to provide public safety to all residents and visitors in Placer County. The body-worn camera program will improve our public service to the community, increase transparency, and be an essential component in our dedication to keeping our deputies and citizens safe,” said Undersheriff Wayne Woo. “The use of body-worn cameras has proven to drop the number of unfounded citizen complaints against peace officers and can result in substantial cost savings for the agency,” the undersheriff added.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.
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