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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/24/14, 5:50 PM PDT | Updated: 19 secs ago

UPLAND >> A City Council subcommittee has approved a proposal to provide the police department with on-officer video cameras.

The Police and Fire Committee gave its recommendation to spend $84,950 on the video equipment at a meeting Monday.

The proposal is a five-year contract with Scottsdale, Arizona-based Taser International which offers the city a variety of mounting options as well as the ability to store the video recordings on a digital cloud system.

The contract will now go to the council for final approval.

For the past six months, the police department has been testing out various on-officer video devices from five vendors, officials said.

“We are not jumping on the bandwagon; this is further implementation as the technology has grown,” said Upland Police Chief Jeff Mendenhall.

The police department considered several factors such as portability, ease of use and storage, when evaluating which company best suited the city, said Upland Cpt. Anthony Yoakum.

On-officer video improves accountability, reduces complaints of misconduct and saves on court costs.

“The perception is that there is these cellphone video clips that people post on YouTube.com of what they want you to see,” he said. “With these systems we will be able to show the complete story, from the officer’s perspective and what he sees out there, what made him use that force.”

The International Association of Chiefs of Police looked at police departments across the country that use body cameras and found a 93 percent drop in litigation.

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