DEPARTMENT INVESTS IN
Accountability and transparency – Those are the reasons the Vallejo Police Department is investing in new body camera technology. Soon the department will roll out audio analysis software that will transcribe body-cam audio in real-time.
“It’s going to help us to build trust and legitimacy,” Chief Shawny Williams said.
Chief Shawny Williams says this software will make it easier for department leaders to review body cam footage, a process that typically takes hours, and often only happens after major incidents.
“It also allows us to do a keyword search on, for example, we’re going to measure it, creates a matrix, like measuring respectfulness, or measuring courtesy and so it allows us to look at that. How respectful is the officer being?” Chief Williams said.
“It’s a game-changer. It’s gonna help me to fulfill a promise that I made as a chief two years ago: to be accountable, to be more transparent, and to be more inclusive,” Chief Williams said.
With ~90 officers equipped with cameras on the frontlines, the quantity of footage is too large for manual review
Manual review is selective and takes hours, making it challenging to maintain accountability and transparency
No objective way to measure respect or search on key words the ensure officer compliance with training policies and quality of service standards
Vallejo PD is uploading and processing XXX hours of BWC audio through Truleo for:
Auto - classification of events contained in footage.
Customization of reports for SPD’s specific needs (i.e. de-escalation tactics and respectfulness)
Human level accuracy at scale.
Cost & time efficiency savings.
Streamlined & substantiated risk management processes.
Identification of training tactics and best practices in policing
“It’s a game-changer. It’s gonna help me to fulfill a promise that I made as a chief two years ago: to be accountable, to be more transparent, and to be more inclusive.”
Shawney K. Williams | Chief of Police, Vallejo Police Department