May 13, 2015
APD Testing Police Officer Body Cameras

Officers will record routine traffic stops, interviews during investigations, arrests and other police encounters.


     Alhambra Police Department News Release

         Mark Yokoyama, Chief of Police                                                      211 South First Street
         626 570-5131                                                                                      Alhambra, CA  91801


    DATE OF RELEASE:  Wednesday, May 13, 2015   
Sergeant Jerry Johnson (626-570-5117)
    PDF OF RELEASE: Click here

The Alhambra Police Department has begun
testing police officer body cameras 


Recently, four Alhambra Police Officers were equipped with a brand new body camera affixed to their uniforms. These four officers will wear the cameras for three weeks to test how this specific brand of camera performs in the field. The officers will record incidents such as routine traffic stops, interviews during investigations, arrests and other police encounters.


Over the next several months, additional cameras from different manufacturers will be tested by field officers.  The purpose of these tests are to determine the pros and cons of each brand of camera.  Officers will consider factors such as the ease of use, comfort, officer safety issues, battery life, device storage limits, functionality and overall performance of the cameras. Meanwhile, police department IT specialists will become familiar with the technology used to store and retrieve the data recorded by the officers in the field. Additionally, policy will be developed to ensure best practices are utilized in its use.


Body cameras are an important tool that can be used to better document crime scenes, memorialize statements, aid officer training and help ensure officers maintain the highest level of professionalism while building trust and relations with the community we serve.  


Pictures of the Vie Vu brand camera are attached below.    


                        Camera On                                                    Camera Off

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