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California Public Records Request & discussion Re: PERF on implementation of body worn camera policy

From: domainremoved <Aram>
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:39:19 -0700

*California Public Records Act Request*


Hi Gary,

Thanks for your detailed response re your background (and your command
staff’s) with the 2014 PERF report- on the various perspectives re how
individual police departments might implement policy, regarding the use and
implementation of this important technology (body-worn cameras). I have
read the report several times, since its release, and can still benefit
from a reread. I’m most definitely a slow learner!

I am embarrassed to say that I have not recently kept up with when, or if,
our department (Redwood City Police Department) has yet rolled out
body-worn cameras.

I recall attending one RWC council meeting, where you attended as well,
where the subject was addressed. I recall personally addressing the
subject, and voicing my support for body-worn cameras, depending on the
policy our department ultimately adopts.

Can you update me regarding the proposed timing, re the rollout for
body-worn cameras, here in RWC? Can you send me the policy, or proposed
policy for their use? *Please consider this request, a California Public
Records Act request*. I understand that you are always very busy, so if you
need more then 10 days to respond, no problem just let me know.

By the way, in addition to copying in the powers that be in RWC, I have
also copied in Mark Petersen Perez, the owner and publisher of the Palo
Alto Free Press.

I’m sure you remember Mark. Mark and I used to attend meetings of the San
Jose City Council, mostly around Taser issues. And other police practices
issues. You were almost the police chief in San Jose at the time.

Of course, you were always very gracious with the two of us, when we had
questions and concerns with the Taser issue, and related policy.

Just this last Thursday, the two of us attended the monthly meeting of the
Palo Alto Human Relations Commission. The PAPD’s command staff presented a
draft policy, re body-worn cameras, to members of the HRC and the

Both Mark and I addressed the commission with our concerns that the
proposed PAPD policy lacks transparency is several critical areas. We are
hopeful, that the PAPD command staff, will take some of the issues and
concerns, re their proposed policy, raised by the two of us, in addition to
questions posed by several members of the HRC, seriously.

In other words, we are hopeful that the policy ultimately adopted by the
PAPD, reflects critical input from the community, and is not simply a
policy dictated to us by the department.

It’s past time that important police practices, implemented in our
communities, reflect a true give and take, collaboration, between our
police departments, and the communities they serve. I look forward to our
next exchange.

Best regards,

Aram James

On Mar 12, 2018, at 9:47 AM, Aram James <abjpd1_at_(domainremoved)

Hi Gary,
Thanks for responding, hope you are well. Mark Peyersen

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 12, 2018, at 9:37 AM, PD Gary Kirby <GKirby_at_(domainremoved)


Thank you for thinking to forward the PERF report on Body-Worn Cameras. I
am quite versed in the contents of the document as well as all of my
command staff who were provided a copy of the study when it first came out.



*Gary L. Kirby **| *Deputy Chief of Police

Redwood City Police Department

1301 Maple St. Redwood City, CA 94063


(650) 780-7123 Office

*From:* Aram James [mailto:abjpd1_at_(domainremoved)
*Sent:* Sunday, March 11, 2018 3:59 PM
*To:* minka.vanderzwaag_at_(domainremoved)
GRP-City Council; citycouncil_at_(domainremoved)
*Subject:* PERF on implementation of body worn camera policy


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