The City of Santa Barbara is moving ahead with plans to equip all of its police patrol units with video camera systems.
The Santa Barbara city Council approved spending just over $230,000 to install the system in 27 patrol vehicles. The systems will include front, and rear facing cameras.
A Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report recommended the city acquire the systems, which are standard in most other law enforcement patrol vehicles in the county. The police department has been testing systems in its vehicles.
The systems can help provide key information during officers interactions with the public, potentially documenting evidence which can be used in court, and to avoid claims against officers.
Proponents say it also provides the public with added protection against potential police abuse.