Within ten to fifteen years, every police officer in the United States will be equipped with body cameras. For too long, the public disclosure requirements have made body cameras cost-prohibitive for many police departments in Washington State. But I am tired of waiting for the politicians. The public demands that police officers have body cameras so that we can see what really happened in police encounters with the public.

 

Body cameras are analogous to black boxes on airplanes. They cannot and will not give us all the answers, but they will provide better evidence than we often ever have. Body cameras will make my deputies behave better, and they will make the public behave better. It’s a win-win, and I plan to have my deputies wearing body cameras by the end of 2018.