Have you been wondering what those square devices that recently started appearing on the front of your Murrieta Police Officer’s uniforms are for?
If you take a closer look, you’ll discover that we’ve officially launched our Body Worn Camera program. We started rolling out the cameras in July to all sworn Police Officers and Community Service Officers.
After a lengthy trial and evaluation of different vendors, we decided on Axon and their Body 2 camera as our platform of choice. Axon has become the leader nationwide in police body cameras and was able to offer us all the features and capabilities to make this program a success.
We’re excited to enter this next phase of policing and for the opportunity to offer our residents an even higher level of police service through the increased ability to capture digital evidence related to criminal investigations and prosecutions for crimes committed in our community.
It is also our hope that these cameras will also allow us a greater level of transparency with our residents and further reinforce the confidence and trust already given to us by the people we serve. The recently approved Measure T was used to fund this program and purchase the equipment.
Videos obtained by these cameras are considered evidence and subject to existing evidentiary protocol and procedures. Requests will generally be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Public Records Act. Our Body Worn Camera policy can be found on our website.
For more information or questions about this program, contact BWC Program Coordinator Sergeant Jeremy Durrant at (951) 461-6317.