San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel drafted a memo laying out the timeline for the department’s body camera program. There have been frequent delays in getting to this point, but Esquivel suggests the program should begin a full rollout by June 30, 2016.
“The Field Testing Phase will test three body worn camera products for a period of three months at no cost to the City, as the vendors have agreed to allow the City to test their products,” Esquivel wrote. “The three body camera products are: Taser Axon, Taser Flex, and the VieVu LE3. A total of 12 sworn staff, which include Patrol Officers, may include some members of the Special Operations Unit, and technical staff from the Police and Information Technology Departments, will evaluate the different products (e.g., ease of use, amount of time spent working with cameras and downloading data, quality of results, evidence management, etc.). The results of the field-testing phase will be evaluated and assessed. The Department will then begin the procurement process, which could take up to six months to complete.”
Any decision will require approval from the City Council, which is expected to occur between February 1 and March 30 of next year. While the cameras are expected to provide greater accountability regarding police interaction with the public, the videos are not considered part of investigative records and will be excluded from the public record in almost all cases. Below are the key dates.
2015-2016 General Timeline- Body Worn Program
- May/June: Vendor and IT set-up; identify a full-time project team; identify volunteers for the BWC field-testing phase.
- Beginning of July: Vendor training on policy and equipment (1-2 days).
- July 19th – October 11th: Field test all three body cameras; four weeks per body camera.
- October 11th – October 30th: Field-testing evaluation and analysis; policy revisions and recommendations by the policy team (IPA, DA’s Office, IT Staff, etc.); POA meet and confer.
- November 1st – January 30th: Procurement process; work with City Purchasing Department.
- February 1st – March 30th: Award the vendor contract; City Council approval; Department to start working with the selected vendor.