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The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station has received over 200 body-worn cameras, one for each deputy assigned to the station, making Lancaster’s deputies some of the very first in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) to begin wearing body cameras for increased police supervision and public transparency.

“I’m proud that our deputies in Lancaster are some of the Department’s earliest adopters of bodycam technology,” said Captain John Lecrivain. “These cameras will serve as another tool available to us as we work to keep the Lancaster community safe.”

Sheriff’s stations in Lancaster, Century, Lakewood, Industry, and West Hollywood were the first to be trained and equipped with the cameras beginning in the fall of 2020, according to the LASD. The Department expects to complete the roll-out of body cameras in the first half of 2022.

“Public safety remains the number one priority in Lancaster. And part of public safety is ensuring that our community members and Sheriff’s deputies have a relationship built on accountability and trust,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “The body cameras now being worn by our deputies are helping advance that sense of accountability and ultimately making our city a safer, better place for all.”

According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies are required to activate their body-worn cameras prior to initiating, or upon arrival at, any enforcement or investigative contact involving a member of the public. The cameras, the department says, are a “promising tool to improve evidentiary outcomes, and enhance the safety of, and improve interactions between officers and the public.”