Acting police chief Toney Chaplin announced at a Police Commission meeting Wednesday night that officers at all 10 of San Francisco's police stations would be equipped with body cameras by Thanksgiving.
Mayor Lee announced in June that the program, long mired in delay, would begin in earnest on August 1, since the SFPD and Police Officers Association had finally come to policy agreements regarding footage review. The Examiner had news of the final Thanksgiving deployment date, which follows on word from mid-August that the process of implementation was already in its early stages.
The department-wide body camera rollout looks like this: Ingleside Station, serving Visitacion Valley and the Outer Mission, got the devices first, then Bayview Station received its cameras. Northern Station will get the devices this month, and Mission Station is supposed to have them by September 23. Tenderloin and Taraval Stations get cameras in early October, Richmond and SoMa stations are slated to receive them in late October. Park Station and Central Station are the last to be outfitted: They'll have cameras by November 18 according to Chaplin.
"This is a game changer for the San Francisco Police Department and moves us firmly into 21st Century Policing,” the acting chief said when the program was approved. The total number of cameras is 1,800, which come, along with a program for footage review, at a cost of about $6.2 million. Those funds come from the mayor's proposed budget which provides for $20 million for police reform.
Previously: SFPD Starts Slow Deployment Of Body Cameras