The Fontana Police Department joined 21st Century policing with advanced body-worn cameras.
The law enforcement agency is the latest department to roll them out in an effort to enhance public safety and understanding.
“The technology will strengthen officer accountability and public trust,” Mayor Acquanetta Warren said.
The smart phones are equipped with software developed by Visual Labs that turn cellphones into video and audio recorders. But unlike other body-worn cameras, these can capture in real time.
“Body-worn cameras have proven to be very successful. Body-worn camera recordings can provide an objective record of one perspective of a particular event,” Capt. Angela Stover said.
Those cases include suspected police brutality. In 2015, a bystander’s cellphone video captured an arrest of a suspect in a stolen vehicle. Fontana police said the suspect attempted to hit officers with a two-by-four and resisted arrest. At the time, there was no video from the officer’s perspective.