UC Riverside police begin use of body worn cameras

September 11, 2019
Mike Lane
Chief of Police
UC Riverside Police Department
September 11, 2019

During the fall quarter, the University of California Police Department at Riverside will begin using body worn cameras, known as BWCs, and in-car video systems as a part of its patrol functions. 

The addition of BWCs is part of a multi-year initiative across  all UC campuses to leverage a modern resource for law enforcement that is expected to enhance police services and transparency.

With the support of university leadership and growing national support for body worn cameras, UCPD is embracing this technology on a system-wide level.

Body worn cameras are anticipated to improve criminal investigations and the police complaint process..  
 
This month UCPD will onboard, test, and begin training with BWCs. As with all new technology, there may be delays and there is a learning curve for personnel using the technology. 

UCPD will continue to test the cameras and train with them prior to full deployment during the fall quarter. 
 
You can find UC policies related to body worn cameras here. Additional information and answers to anticipated questions will be published soon on the Inside UCR site.