Pasadena Police Body Worn Camera Program Has Captured Over 311,759 Incidents, Committee Will Hear

Published : Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | 5:46 AM

Public Safety Committee Chair Vice Mayor John Kennedy, City Manager Steve Mermell and Pasadena Chief of Police John Perez at a recent Committee meeting.

The Public Safety Committee of the Pasadena City Council will receive interim Pasadena Police Chief John Perez’s Monthly Report, which details statistics on crime in the City over the past year and the steps the Pasadena Police Department is taking to reduce crime incidents.

The Chief’s Monthly Report is one of two presentations Perez is scheduled to make before the Public Safety Committee Wednesday, October 17, during its regular meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at the City Council chamber at City Hall.

He will also report on updates of the police department’s Body-Worn Camera Program, officially launched in November 2016 after the City Council authorized a five-year contract with the equipment provider, Taser International Inc.

So far, the police department has acquired 395 single on-officer cameras which can record high-definition video as well as audio, even in extreme weather and other conditions, and could connect with smartphones for instant replay on site. Each camera could record continuously for 12 hours.

Preliminary information from the police department shows the body-worn cameras have so far uploaded 311,759 videos representing over 46,000 hours.

Information captured by the cameras is imported into a cloud-based server maintained by another contractor, Axon Enterprise, Inc.

The City spent over $400,000 during the first year of the program for equipment acquisition, maintenance support and professional services. The annual cost for maintaining the program is estimated to be around $455,000, according to police department data.

The Chief’s Monthly Report is expected to provide information on crime statistics in the City and is intended to provide the Public Safety Committee and the City Council with a better understanding of the police department’s operations, engagement efforts and community challenges.

In a letter for the Committee, Perez said the Pasadena Police Department has hosted a number of community meetings and engaged with the Chief’s Community Advisory Committee a number of times to discuss important law enforcement issues in the City and solicit input from community leaders who are members of the advisory body.

The monthly report will also include developments in the investigation of three homicide cases that have occurred in the City since about the middle of September, two home invasion incidents and some gang-related incidents.

Perez said Pasadena police investigators have served warrants in two cities recently, arresting a suspect and confiscating over 10 firearms. In Pasadena, a search warrant served on a resident resulted in the seizure of a number of assault rifles also recently, Perez said in the letter.

Later on in the meeting, a representative from State Assemblyman Chris Holden’s office will do a presentation about AB 2918, authored by Holden, which seeks to include information about a person’s civil rights during a traffic stop in the California Driver’s Handbook currently being issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The bill, which amends Section 1656.3 of the California Vehicle Code, was approved by Gov. Jerry Brown on September 23.


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