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Hawthorne Mayor Chris Brown Looks to Invest More into Police Dept.
By City News Service
Published May 18, 2015

Hawthorne Mayor Chris Brown  visited  The White House last year to discuss his plans for mandatory body cameras for police and will be returning for a follow-up visit next week. Hawthorne Police Department had its cameras donated and is currently in training to begin use of them.

Hawthorne Mayor Chris Brown is seeking more investments into improving the Hawthorne Police Department on the heels of securing body camera donations from a leading manufacturer of Police Body Cameras.

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Hawthorne police began installing dash cams in its police cars months ago following the national rage of police shootings that has sparked an ongoing debate. 

Mayor Brown was among the first elected officials in the nation to proposed that all of the city’s uniformed officers wear video cameras and the City approved it.

Brown reached out President Obama about providing free Cop Cams to all municipalities that will save cities billions of dollars nationwide in lawsuits and millions in equipment costs. The mayor is expected to return to Washington, DC next week to discuss his plans for law enforcement with the White House and Congressional members.

Now, Hawthorne police are currently in training to use the body camera’s that is estimated to save the city millions of dollars in law suits in addition to improving safety for it’s citizens.

WOLFCOM Vision based in Los Angeles made the donation last June and the donations will also include 40 WOLFCOM Evidence Management software licenses and docking stations. 

The Hawthorne Police Department has about 100 police officers. The WOLFCOM team is training the officers on how to use the police body cameras and complete the installation process. 

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Mayor Brown and elected officials are monitoring the training and hope to learn more about the new cameras. 

WOLFCOM has been manufacturing Police Body Cameras for the last four years and has earned its place as a leader in the market. 

“We want to support our local communities and donate body cameras so the public and the police department can have the benefits of increased transparency, accountability and a reduction in use of force, complaints and litigation. It is important to support initiatives that increase the fundamental trust between law enforcement and the community.  We are hoping this will create a ripple effect, reinforcing the effectiveness of this new policing tool to others,” said WOLFCOM CEO Tiffany Wang. 

“Mayor Chris Brown’s advocacy for police body cameras makes the Hawthorn Police Department the perfect department for this donation from WOLFCOM,” said WOLFCOM founder Peter Austin Onruang.

The Hawthorne police department has already tested the VISION Police Body Cameras. 

“The Hawthorne Police Department appreciates the gracious offering and partnership provided to us by WOLFCOM and its staff. From inception to delivery, they have worked with us in evaluating, testing and ultimately providing a quality ‘Body Worn Camera’ and sub-system. The addition of this modern-day recording tool for our Officers will compliment my Department’s provision of superior service as well as advance our trust-building commitment to our community,” said Robert Fager, Hawthorne Chief of Police.

Hawthorne Mayor Chris Brown is an advocate of police body cameras. “I want to thank WOLFCOM for this donation, these police body cameras are going to help out our police officers by giving them an extra eye in the field…. They will reduce unanswered questions and lawsuits. This is an important issue right now with what’s going on around the country… use of police body cameras will also take away some of the liability away from municipalities around the country. Out of all the body cameras we looked at, WOLFCOM is by far the best and we appreciate the donations,” said Brown.

Other police departments including the Los Angeles Police Department are requiring officers to wear body cameras. The Ontario Police Department has more than 200 cameras, and nearby Rialto and Colton also use the technology. According to Rialto police, the use of cameras has decreased the use of force by 60 percent and complaints against officers have dropped 87.5 percent.

The City of Los Angeles is expected to invest early $10 million for the devices, but Hawthorne’s innovated approach has allowed for the City to save millions on the cost.

 

 

                   

 

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