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As part of the Santa Cruz Police Department’s mission and commitment to enhancing accountability, openness, and transparency, SCPD has implemented and established a department wide Body-Worn Camera program. This informational web page provides community awareness about the program.


The Department has purchased and equipped every police officer, community service officer, and park ranger with a body camera. Personnel are required to record their contacts as outlined in the departments Body-Worn Camera policy.  See Policy Number 425. Body camera footage is frequently used as evidence, investigation, training, and review.  Video footage of use of force incidents are part of a review process conducted by a Supervisor, Manager, or the Professional Standards Unit. 

The entire department policy including the Body-Worn Camera policy can be viewed in the Policy Manual tab in the transparency portal.

The department takes great pride in maintaining clear communication, transparency, and a well-working relationship with the community we serve. Our Body-Worn Camera program is part of this commitment. 

 • Body Worn Camera Policy                                                               

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• Body-Worn Camera SCPD Updates To Council and Public Safety Committee
-21st Century Policing Presentation, Dec 2016
-SCPD Activity Report Mar 2017
-FY 2018 Proposed Budget
-SCPD Activity Report May 2017

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