In February 2018, we announced our implementation of an exciting new initiative designed to increase transparency, accountability, credibility and evidence collection. All San Mateo Police officers are now equipped with Axon Body Worn Cameras, which will be capturing our contacts and responses to crime and critical incidents. You may notice our officers wearing their cameras mounted either on their chest or the helmets of our officers on motorcycles. These devices will record as deemed necessary and in accordance with department policy.
Body worn cameras give our officers the ability to document their daily professional conduct, gather evidence for investigations, and promote our department-wide philosophy of transparency. We are already finding the program extremely helpful and our officers have embraced use of this tool as a critical opportunity to accurately capture incidents. We expect greatly improved digital evidence captured with these devices that will also assist with successful investigations and prosecution of crimes.
For additional information, please visit our FAQ on body worn cameras.