San Jose police begin testing body cameras

SAN JOSE (KRON) — San Jose police began testing their new body cameras Monday.

Fifteen officers are field testing three types of camera systems. It is an effort to improve accountability.

The department said the officers are allowed to turn off the camera during personal or private matters. The test runs through October, and at that point, the department will decide whether to continue the program.

As reported last week by KRON’s Rob Fladeboe, critics worry a policy that lets officers decide when to turn their cameras on and off will undermine the transparency the cameras are supposed to create.

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