Riverside County, Sheriff’s Union Discuss Body Cameras

The County of Riverside and the union that represents its sheriff’s deputies have finally entered into discussions over a countywide body camera program. The talks come two months after the Riverside Sheriff’s Association dropped a lawsuit against the county and Sheriff Stan Sniff to halt the testing of the program for 150 deputies at the Jurupa Valley station.

Union officials have said they do not oppose the cameras. Instead, they argued, negotiations were required because the cameras constituted a significant change in working conditions. Sniff disputed that contention since the cameras were being deployed on a trial basis.

The lawsuit was dropped in September. The county and the union are now “in meet and confer” over the effects of the devices, said county spokesman Ray Smith.

The use of body cameras represents a growing trend for law enforcement agencies across the state and country, especially in light of several recent high-profile police shootings. Proponents argue that the devices can both protect suspects as well as law enforcement officials in cases of false allegations of impropriety.

Read more about the discussions here.

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