Oceanside spending nearly $2 million on police body cameras
The Oceanside, CA, City Council has approved a $1.89 million contract for its Police Department to buy 225 body-worn cameras along with maintenance, replacements and unlimited data storage for five years. Body cameras have become an essential part of law enforcement, Police Chief Frank McCoy said at a city council meeting. “Our police officers don’t even want to go out into the field anymore without a camera,” McCoy said. Video recordings are important evidence in many cases, and provide what most people agree is an objective, unbiased view of the circumstances. The Oceanside Police Department is authorized to have 228 sworn and 84 professional staff members, according to the city’s website, though not every position is filled. Each sworn officer is assigned a camera. The department handles approximately 110,000 calls for service each year.